Ryan Crawford was a Health & Exercise Physiology major and Education minor at Ursinus College. He received his PA instructional I teaching certification in Health & Physical Education K-12. Ryan completed his student teaching in the Perkiomen Valley School District. For the first half of student teaching he worked with his cooperating teacher Todd Conley at South Elementary school and then transitioned to Perkiomen Valley High School where he completed his student teaching experience while working with both cooperating teachers Ryan Sullivan and Scott Reed. Ryan graduated Magna Cum Laude in May 2018 and also was the recipient of the Education Department’s “Barbara Olmo Mclnnis 1957 prize,” awarded annually to an outstanding student in teacher education. While at Ursinus, Ryan was also a member and three year captain of the Ursinus College Golf Team and was a member of the Health & Exercise Physiology Department National Honor Society Phi Epsilon Kappa. Besides teaching Health & Physical Education, Ryan would also like to coach either golf or football at the high school level.
Impact of Ursinus
Having the opportunity to receive my college undergraduate education from Ursinus was truly a rewarding experience. Getting the exposure to a variety of courses while also being able to work with such a knowledgeable and dedicated faculty was really something special. I feel more than prepared for the life experiences that lie ahead. Both specifically the Education Department and Health & Exercise Physiology Department work extremely hard to develop future leaders who have the knowledge and confidence to pursue whatever students put their minds to. The student teaching experience was great for me because I was able to get exposure with working with students both at the elementary and secondary levels. I also was able to see different approaches and ideologies to teaching Health & Physical Education while working with my cooperating teachers as well. Being a member and captain of the golf team while also completing my teaching certification taught me leadership and teamwork skills. This was definitely an unforgettable experience that I know will continue to have a positive impact on me moving forward. I am confident that the variety of skills I developed while in the classroom, student teaching, and on the golf course will help me to be both a great educator and coach.