Mr. Ryan Burns

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After a global trek to Queensland, Australia as a student teacher in 2007, I have spent a decade as a high school English teacher in Rhode Island, honing my belief in creating socially just, learner-focused classrooms. I am most interested in supporting students through an authentic writing process that develops their skills as writers and thinkers rather than focusing on grades.

As an educator, I am certified as both an English teacher (7-12) and a school administrator (K-12) in the state of Rhode Island.

In 2016, I published my first peer-reviewed chapter with Janet Johnson: "Reconciling the Personal and Professional: Coming Out From the Classroom Closet," included in "Educators Queering Academia: Critical Memoirs," edited by sj Miller and Nelson Rodrigues, as part of the Social Justice Across Contexts in Education series from Peter Lang Publishing.

Also as a scholar, I frequently attend and present at national conferences, including most recently with the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE). In 2017, I will be visiting San Diego to present at that Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association conference.