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English Language Arts Teacher (Senior) :
Our December Featured Teacher
Ryan Ruddick holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Linguistics from the University of Alberta, a Bachelor of Education degree in Secondary Teaching in English Language Arts, and a Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership, both of which from McGill University. For the last 14 years, Ryan has brought his love of language to his WHS English classes, teaching students how to develop their capacity for self-expression through his interest in writing and poetry. One of his own poems (written in response to a song by one WHS alumni Leonard Cohen, “I’m Your Man”) was published in You’re Our Man, an anthology collected by the Foundation for Public Poetry. Proceeds from the sale of this anthology funded a Poet-in-Residence program at WHS, the inaugural resident being spoken word artist and poet, Moe Clark, in 2010. As a teacher, Ryan sees his role as one of mentorship, to help students share their authentic self with the world: “When students share their writing or recite poetry in class, they experience the immediate impact of their actions and a real feeling of accomplishment. These are some of the moments that make my work the most rewarding; I get a glimpse of the adult they are becoming…”
Mr. Ruddick is also the Advanced Placement Program coordinator for WHS, a program, which in his words, “helps students manage their time management, deepen their content knowledge, and improve their reading comprehension and study skills. But more importantly, their teachers and classmates encourage each other to discover where their personal passions and academic interests intersect.” What Ryan appreciates most about the Advanced Placement program at WHS is that the students in AP classes reflect the diversity of the school as a whole, while also highlighting the characteristics WHS students have in common—their genuine curiosity and the pride in their collective efforts. “For me, our staff and students are like a dynamic snapshot of Montreal’s vast and vibrant multilingual community.”
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