2010-2011 Louisiana School for the Deaf Teacher of the Year: Ryan Gollner
Ryan began teaching at LSD in 2005. He was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he lived until moving to Baton Rouge. As a kid, Ryan always knew that he wanted to be a teacher of the Deaf. Growing up, he had many different experiences working with students: he worked in the Interpreter Training Program (ITP) as a lab assistant at UW-Milwaukee, was an Educational Assistant to several DHH teachers during summer school for three summers, taught sign language to parents of Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) students, and worked as Club Recreation Leader for MPS students during summer school.
During his tenure at LSD, Ryan has been actively involved in a variety of activities. He has provided LEAP tutoring and summer LEAP remediation services each year. He has been a member of several committees, served on the Sign Communication Proficiency Interview (SCPI) team, graduated from the CAEBER (ASL/English Bilingual) Program and has represented the Math department on the Math Program Development Committee. This year, Ryan sponsored LSD student Rhett L. in the Mr. and Miss LSD Pageant (Rhett won the title of "Mr. LSD").
Ryan enjoys giving of his time and talent to the students at Louisiana School for the Deaf. After learning that he was named LSD Teacher of the Year, Ryan expressed his appreciation of his parents, his former teachers and his wife Monique for "being there" for him.
Click here to view a list of previous LSD Teachers of the Year.