Ryan David Smith



Email: ​ryansmif@gmail.com


English Single-Subject Teaching Credential​, Sonoma State University, June 2006.
M.A. English​ (emphasis in American literature), Sonoma State Univ., Rohnert Park,
August 2005, Advisers: Dr. Kim Hester-Williams and Dr. Anne Goldman. Thesis
Title: Canon Sinners: The American Testaments of Joseph Smith and Walt
B.A. English​, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, December 2002, Advisor: Rachel Borup.


English Language Arts Teacher
Maryknoll School, 2016-present
Taught grades 10-12 including advanced and AP classes
Cardinal Newman HS, 2006–2016
Taught grades 9-12 at this rigorous private Catholic high school
English as a Foreign Language Teacher​ (Fulbright Classroom Teacher Exchange)
ELTE Apáczai Csere János High School of ELTE University in Budapest,
Hungary, 2012-2013. ​http://mrsmithfulbright.blogspot.com
Summer School English Teacher
Maria Carrillo HS, June–July 2006, 11​th​ grade English
Montgomery HS, June–July 2007, 12​th​ grade English
Student Teacher
Maria Carrillo HS, Sept. 2005–May 2006
From the first day of semester-long student teaching, I managed all the teaching
responsibilities for a 10 and 11 grade Academic English class.
Long-term Substitute
Sierra Youth Center at Sonoma County Juvenile Hall, Summer of 2004.
In this multiple subject classroom for high school age students preparing to leave
Juvenile Hall and reenter society and the county high schools, I was responsible
for all of the full time teacher’s duties for six weeks.
Writing Center Tutor
Sonoma State University, March 2004–May 2005.
I participated in both one-on-one and group tutoring of EFL and native English
speaking college students with a diversity of language abilities.
Teaching Assistant
Course: “Introduction to Literary Forms” Dr. Kim Hester-Williams, Sonoma
State,2004. I attended lectures to observe curriculum and pedagogy and
evaluated student essays.
Course: “Emily Dickinson” Dr. Anne Goldman, Sonoma State, Dept. of English,
spring 2005. I lectured, led discussions, evaluated student essays, and observed
curriculum and pedagogy.


TEDxCardinalNewmanHS Conference Creator and Director
In January of 2016, I organized a ​TEDx of student speakers​ at which they shared
their discoveries after a year of Inquiry Research and Service Learning Projects.
Community Based Service Learning
I have been grateful to play a part in designing and implementing Cardinal
Newman’s well-known ​service learning program​ which is a collaboration of the
Theology and English departments.

Student Travel Leader
2015 Edinburgh: I attended EF’s Global Educators Weekend to share ideas with
other experienced trip organizers.
2015 Paris and Madrid: I assised a French teacher on a ten day Passports trip
for 27 students.
2014 Boston and New York City: My wife and I organized an eight day trip for
fourteen to visit universities and explore the cities.
2012 Puerto Rico: I organized and led a trip for fourteen to take language
classes and explore the island.
2010 Spain: I led an eight day Explorica trip to Madrid for eleven boys.
2008 Costa Rica: I organized and led a two week trip of fourteen boys to San
Juan for language classes, to the gulf coast to serve at a turtle reserve, and to
the Pacific coast to visit the beaches.
Soccer Coach
I was head coach of the junior varsity boy’s soccer team at Cardinal Newman HS
from 2006-2013 and stepped away to coach my daughters U-8 team. I am a
California Youth Soccer Assoc “F” licensed coach and I completed The National
Federation of State High School Associations’ Fundamentals of Coaching course
and the California state exam.
English Department Co-chairperson
I began serving as the department co-chairperson in the fall of 2008 and stopped
when I left for the Fulbright Teacher Exchange.
Committee work
I guided PLCs that mentored new teachers, took a leadership role in shaping
our Knowledge and Skill Based Pay teacher evaluation system, facilitated a
WCEA/WASC Focus Group during accreditation processes, participated in tech
committee meeting, and others.
Safe School Ambassadors Family Group Facilitator
CN school counselors selected me to receive the two full day of training in our
inaugural SSA program that aimed to help students prevent bullying., I organized
monthly meetings of a team of students to check in on their efforts to help make
the school a safer, more positive place. www.safeschoolambassadors.org
Debate and Model UN Coach
From 2005–2006, I coached Maria Carrillo HS’s forensics team. Beginning in
2010, I assist the Cardinal Newman HS Model United Nations team by taking
them to annual conferences at Stanford University and UC Davis.
Retreat counselor
Each year I participate in overnight retreats for junior and senior students
organized by the Theology department.


Dr. Maryanne Berry, Ph.D.
Department chairperson and English teacher at Cardinal Newman HS, (707)
568-3294, ​drmaryanneberry@gmail.com
Annamária Sas
American Program Manager of the ​Hungarian Fulbright Commission​,
John Contreras
Director of CNHS’s ​Community Based Service Learning (CBSL) program​ and
theology teacher, (707) 953-2334, contreras@cardinalnewman.org

Jeff Scharfen, J.D.
Colleague in the English department at Cardinal Newman, (707) 953-0220,





Presenter at NCTE in Atlanta: “Students’ “Ideas Worth Spreading”: Why and How
to Organize a TEDx of Student Speakers
Presenter at Global Education Conference: ​American Literature and History as a
Springboard into Global Social Issues
AP Language and Composition week-long training at Hawaii Pacific University
Certified Google Educator tests passed: Gmail and Docs
Presenter at Calif. Teachers of English (CATE) Conference in San Diego:
“Leaving to Come Back”
Attendee and poster presenter at IATEFL Liverpool: “​California, Budapest, and
Poet Attila József Meet on Weebly”
AP Literature week-long training at Univeristy of San Diego
AP Language and Composition one-day training at Aragon HS in San Mateo
Attendee at the NCTE Convention in New York City
Attendee at American Literature Association Conferences in San Francisco
Co-presenter of “Gateways, Funhouses, Subways: Writing Centers Working at
the Point of Access” with Dr. Scott Miller at the Conference on College
Composition and Communication in San Francisco

Inquiry project-based learning, Google Apps for Education, print and digital student
publications, TEDx, student engagement, teaching with technology, film studies and media
literacy, NEA’s Favorite Poem Project, hip-hop studies and poetics, student travel and
improving cultural understanding and global citizenship, service learning, social justice, Six
Traits of Effective Writing rubrics, teaching with digital media tools, and American

CNHS Teacher of the Year and also Innovative Teacher Award winner


IIE AIFS Foundation Generation Study Abroad Enrichment Grant


​Third place​ U.S. Exchange Alumni Citizen Diplomacy Challenge
​Fulbright​ Classroom Teacher Exchange to Budapest, Hungary
​#3 rated teacher​ in the US and Canada on ratemyteachers.com
Substitute Teacher of the Year by the Sonoma County Office of Education for my
work in Alternative education schools



I studied Spanish for four semesters in college and have developed basic reading
comprehension and very basic conversational skills. I enjoy continuing to learning as I
have led five student trips to Spanish speaking countries for Spanish language learners.


2014-2016: U-8 Girls soccer coach
2008-2016: Boy Scout Committee Member of local troop 137
2008-2016: Weekly Sunday school teacher to 12-18 year old boys
2013-2016: Monthly Newsletter for the Bennett Valley Alliance of Parents and Teachers