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Superintendent Ryan

About Superintendent Shawn Ryan

The Clarkston Community Schools Board of Education approved a three-year contract for Mr. Shawn P. Ryan at its regular business meeting Monday, May 14, officially completing the hiring of Mr. Ryan as the district's next superintendent. Mr. Ryan was appointed interim superintendent of Clarkston Community Schools in January 2018, after having served as a guest teacher (1995-1996), student teacher (1996), science teacher (1997-2002), Clarkston High School assistant principal (2002-2004), Clarkston Middle School principal (2004-2005), Clarkston Junior High School principal (2005-2010), and deputy superintendent (2010-2017). In his more than 20 years at Clarkston Community Schools, Ryan has proven himself to be an extraordinary educator and leader.

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Mr. Ryan's numerous career accomplishments include spearheading the middle school/junior high reconfiguration in 2004; a restructuring that reduced the district budget by $10 million in 2010; and passing a $76 million bond for technology and facilities updates in 2016. His strong administrative leadership also brought about the incorporation of the Whole Child initiative and Leader in Me program, which revitalized the district’s focus on the broader social-emotional needs of children.

Most recently, Ryan was instrumental in the introduction of improved co-curricular opportunities in all elementaries, and the addition of instructional technology and reading coaches across the district. He is a natural community builder, and his ability to create unique community connections led to the development of innovative partnerships with Easterseals Michigan and Stars and Stripes Gymnastics.

Ryan holds a B.A. in Biology and Chemistry from Saint Vincent College in Pennsylvania, and a master’s in Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University. He earned his teaching certification at Oakland University.

Ryan resides in Clarkston, Mich. with his wife Gina, and he is the father of four Clarkston Community Schools students.

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