Enrichment at STEM includes after-school care, clubs and activities.
Ryan Thatcher has been a third-grade teacher at STEM for the last five years and has been the Boys’ Varsity Basketball Head Coach for the last four years. He has been teaching in elementary education for over 21 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 masters 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 woodworking skills he was shown by his father and grandfather. Some of those passed-on lessons are the ones he remembers most.
He is excited to be here at STEM, because students have the freedom to 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 own skill level and inspires him to never stop learning.
Favorite Starbucks Drink or Snack: Peak Black
Favorite Snacks: Doritos and fruit
Favorite Places to Eat: anywhere I do not do dishes
Favorite Drinks: Water, coffee
Favorite Place to Shop: REI, Amazon
Hobbies: Fishing, wood working, swimming
Favorite Colors: orange