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WSF’s Dr. Ryan Brock Earns Presidential Award


June 25, 2018

Bozeman, Montana. June 25, 2018. The Bozeman, Montana-based Wild Sheep Foundation (WSF) is proud to announce that WSF Youth Education Coordinator, Dr. Ryan Brock, has been honored with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). PAEMST is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government for K-12 mathematics and science teaching. Established by Congress in 1983, the President may recognize up to 108 exemplary mathematics and science teachers who develop and implement a high-quality instructional program that is informed by content knowledge and enhances student learning.

Since the program's inception, more than 4,700 teachers have been recognized for their contributions, and act as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.

Ryan has been an educator for 19 years in Nevada, including 13 years at his current school, Jessie Beck Elementary School. He has taught fourth, fifth, and sixth grade, including one year as the school’s kindergarten through sixth grade science teacher. He currently teaches all subjects to fifth grade.
Early in his career, Ryan found his niche with science education, connecting science concepts across the curriculum into mathematics and literacy for his students. As he improved his own science education, he provided professional development to teachers through the University of Nevada-Reno, Washoe County School District, and Sierra Nevada Journeys.
In addition to teaching, Ryan has served as the director of science camps for the Discovery Museum, teaching science camps during the summer and after school. He served as the field-based faculty member, emphasizing science education for pre-service teachers at the University of Nevada-Reno. He also currently serves as the Youth Education Coordinator for the Wild Sheep Foundation, where he educates youth and the general public on outdoor education, wild sheep conservation and regulated hunting’s invaluable role in their restoration.

Ryan received a certificate signed by the President of the United States and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation. Awardees were also recognized during special events that took place in Washington, D.C. These events include an award ceremony, professional development opportunities, and discussions with policy-makers on how to improve STEM education. 
“The Wild Sheep Foundation is honored to have Ryan on our team, and looks forward to using his knowledge and expertise to promote outdoor education and conservation to future generations” stated WSF Chairman Brett Jefferson. “We salute Dr. Brock for earning this prestigious Award and most deserved recognition” Jefferson added.

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