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San Domenico School News & Events

#FacesOfSD - Ryan Hopper


In order to share more of our amazing community here at SD, we offer this weekly #FacesOfSD to give you a chance to learn more about our faculty and staff. Today, we are thrilled to introduce Ryan Hopper, Fourth Grade Math Teacher.

A Marin County native, Ryan was born and raised in San Rafael. He graduated from U.C. Santa Barbara, with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Environmental Studies. He completed his credential work at San Francisco State University and holds a clear CA Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. Ryan has 10 years of teaching experience in San Francisco and Marin schools. Prior to teaching, he spent five years in corporate finance but has found teaching to be a more compelling and fulfilling profession. Ryan is an avid proponent of integrating technology in the classroom and has thoroughly enjoyed implementing the 1:1 iPad program in his fourth grade class. Those who have worked with Ryan consistently describe him as extremely professional, hard working, highly organized, and a team player. He is known to set high standards for his students, to use positive reinforcement, and to differentiate instruction to engage all learners. Open and receptive to new instructional strategies, yet firmly grounded in time-tested methodology, Ryan provides a classroom-learning environment that is both balanced and creative. When not in the classroom, Ryan enjoys time biking, hiking, playing soccer, and can be spotted at local skate parks (with helmet). He is also an avid record collector, who enjoys producing music, on the side.

Q. Full name?

A. Ryan Christopher Hopper

Q. Where were you born?

A. Marin General Hospital

Q. Favorite word?

A. Plethora

Q. What do you do here at San Domenico? And what is your favorite part of your job?

A. I teach fourth graders math and facilitate technology use. My favorite aspect is introducing new “tech stuff” to teachers that engages students in innovative ways.

Q. Which Dominican value inspires you the most this week and why? (Study, Reflection, Community, or Service?)

A. Reflection, because I'm always thinking about how I can do things better or differently.

Q. What might an average weekend look like, for you?

A. I might visit the Hamilton skate park, Amoeba Records, a playground or two with my step-kids; and giving my wife grief.

Q. List 1-3 of your most significant personal accomplishments, to date.

A. 1) I've deejayed at The Fillmore with "The Meters." 2) I've ollied over a garbage can. 3) I became an "insta-dad," in December 2015.

Q. List 1-3 of your most significant professional and/or academic accomplishments, to date.

A. 1) Presenting at iTeach, for the past four years 2) Becoming a Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified Educator and 3) Getting my students excited about learning about math in nature.

Q. What was your best, professional "I wish someone had seen this" moment?

A. When I did a 720 (two spins), in our morning meeting, in front of my 19 students, in order to explain geometric turns, as they relate to circles.


Ryan, from your creative teaching methods that the students love, to your thoughtful and inspired use of technology, and your collaborative nature, thank you so much for all you bring to SD. We are so grateful to have you in our community!