Shawn Ryan was hired as interim superintendent of Clarkston Community Schools by the Board of Education, following the resignation of Superintendent of Schools Dr. Rod Rock on January 14, 2018. Mr. Ryan previously served the district 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 most recently as 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.
His 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 2017 Clarkston High School graduate Jake and Clarkston Community Schools students Alec, Evan, and Elly.
About Clarkston Community Schools: Clarkston is a highly regarded school district with an enrollment of nearly 8,000 students. We have seven elementary schools (K-5), one middle school serving grades 6-7, one junior high for grades 8-9, and Clarkston High School, which serves students in grades 10-12. We also have an Early Childhood Center serving children ages 3-5, and an alternative high school/community education facility. Each Clarkston Community Schools' student is fully engaged in a globally focused education, from preschool through graduation, that fosters in students a sense of self, perspective, responsibility/ownership, and contribution. The mission of Clarkston Community Schools is to cultivate thinkers, learners and positive contributors to a global society.
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