About

About Ryan:

Hello. Growing up in Oregon, I was surrounded by mountains, trees, rivers and clean air. Exploring the wilds of the northwest in my youth gave me a great appreciation for the natural world and motivated me to become a science teacher. Sharing my love of nature and wonders of  our universe with children has been my passion for over twenty years.  This site is a record of the learning going on in my 7th and 8th grade classes at Amos A. Lawrence school in Brookline, MA. Enjoy.

My goals as a science teacher are to help students make sense of the natural world through engaging inquiry experiences that foster mindfulness, encourage exploration through their senses, make connections between systems, require collaboration and communication, push the boundaries of their thinking and ultimately help them understand more about themselves and see the universe as it really is.  

About Amos A. Lawrence School:

The Amos A. Lawrence School, which abuts spacious Longwood Park, serves the Longwood Medical neighborhood and has an internationally diverse population of 620 students. Lawrence was fully renovated in 2003-2004, with additional space added for classrooms, library, and cafeteria.

We published a new school vision statement in January 2011. This statement represents the culmination of a fifteen-month process designed to elicit ideas from the entire school community and craft these ideas into a statement that reflects what we want Lawrence School to be.

SCHOOL VISION

AMOS A. LAWRENCE SCHOOL IS A SAFE, JUST AND CARING LEARNING COMMUNITY OF STUDENTS, STAFF AND FAMILIES. WE ARE A VIBRANT LEARNING COMMUNITY WITH HIGH EXPECTATIONS FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE.

At Lawrence School, students learn to respect themselves and others and to value and honor the diversity of cultures, backgrounds, and learning differences. They develop the habits of mind, knowledge, and skills needed for high school and beyond, as they discover and cultivate a love of learning and a voice for self-expression. Students develop their capacity to work independently and cooperatively. They gain an understanding of their individual and collective responsibility to be contributing members to the Lawrence, Brookline, and larger global communities.

Lawrence School promotes a collaborative environment for faculty and staff that values and supports shared responsibility for all students. We provide all students with the differentiation, support and challenge necessary to make progress and achieve success. We are a professional learning community that cultivates reflective practice, excellence in teaching, and a passion for learning.

Lawrence School values and encourages families to be active, involved, and well-informed partners in the learning process.