Tom Ryan was born and raised in the Morningside Heights/West Harlem neighborhood of New York City. Following a ‘stellar academic career’ at Corpus Christi Grammar School, Power Memorial High School and Iona College (New Rochelle, NY), he moved the show to Boston, MA. In Boston, Tom earned a doctorate in Biochemistry from Boston University, a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Pulmonary Center in the Department of Medicine at BU, which led eventually to a position as Assistant Professor at the Medical Center. During his time at BU, Dr. Ryan undertook research examining the cellular function of T lymphocytes in both health and disease. Following this work, and with a strong interest in biomedical science education, Dr. Ryan joined the Emerging Teachers Program offered by the Boston Public School System, earning a preliminary teaching license in science.
Working initially at The Engineering School at Hyde Park High School, Dr. Ryan undertook the integration of the principles of the BioTeach Program into the Sophomore Biology Curriculum. He then began the formulation of Experiment-Based Lesson Plans for fourth and fifth graders. In response to these experiences, he became interested in providing DIRECT support for teachers, parents, and students who may be overwhelmed by the expectations that the current science curriculum places on EVERYONE.
In addition, to his Science training and Teaching, Dr. Ryan is also trained in The Krav Maga Self-Defense System and has been a children’s instructor for five to twelve-year-old students for the past four years.