Ryan Stephans is a middle school educator with more than a decade of experience in the public schools as a Social Studies teacher. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from Kansas State University, and his Master’s in History from Emporia State University. He began teaching in 2005 at the high school level, before leaving for Turner Middle School (TMS) in Kansas City, KS in 2007. He spent eleven years at TMS, mostly teaching 8th grade U.S. History and serving as Building Improvement Chair, Professional Development Council Representative, and Social Studies Department Chair. In 2013, he was selected as an Abraham Lincoln Fellow by the Horace Mann Corporation. In 2018 he joined the staff at Summit Trail Middle School in Olathe, KS continuing to teach 8th grade United States History. He writes a personal blog at www.summitseeking.com and can be followed on Twitter @Coach_Stephans.