At STEM School Highlands Ranch we put innovation at the center of learning to unleash the potential of all students and prepare them for an exponentially changing world.
After serving as a third-grade teacher for five years at STEM, Ryan Thatcher moved into the role of K-5 Technology teacher for the 2022-23 school year.
During his time at STEM, Mr. Thatcher also served as the Boys’ Varsity Basketball Head Coach for five years before stepping down. He has been teaching elementary education for over 22 years. (15 years in California, one year within Littleton Public Schools and the rest at STEM)
Originally from Indianapolis, Ind., Thatcher grew up in St. Augustine, Fla., and Denver. He graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Elementary Education. He earned his master’s degree in Curriculum Development and Instruction from American College. In his free time, he enjoys skiing/snowboarding, camping and fishing. He also enjoys teaching his children the woodworking skills his father and grandfather showed him. Some of those passed-on lessons are the ones he remembers most.
He is excited to be here at STEM because students can explore learning. As an educator, he enjoys having the freedom to tailor his instruction to the interests and curiosities of the students while still meeting the demanding state standards. He truly feels that teaching at STEM is a great opportunity to increase his skill level and inspires him never to stop learning.
Favorite Starbucks Drink or Snack: Black Coffee
Favorite Snacks: Beef jerky, fruit, Doritos
Favorite Places to Eat: Virgilio’s Italian restaurant, Rock bottom brewery
Favorite Drinks: Water, coffee
Favorite Place to Shop: REI, Amazon
Hobbies: Fishing, woodworking, golfing
Favorite Colors: orange and blue