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Ryan Welch Wins Two Senior Assistant Awards
Screenwriter / Matt Keating
Ryan Welch believes being a positive influence helped him win the 2021-22 Assistant Manager of the Year award, as well as District 2 Assistant Manager of the Year honors, for his work at the Riverside Intermediate Plymouth School.
“The Indiana School Principals Association [IASP] is a statewide organization to support and serve school leaders in Indiana,” says Welch. “I was nominated by my building manager, Kyle Coffman. This process required several letters of recommendation and an application. This earned me recognition as District 2’s Assistant Manager of the Year. That in itself is a great honor because of the fabulous Assistant Managers in our area.
In being recognized as District 2’s Deputy Principal of the Year, Welch was then up for the state’s Deputy Principal of the Year award.
“The process led me to submit a lengthy application,” he says. “The app made me explain my memberships and areas of leadership at the state and community level. I had to include my own professional development and some of the professional accomplishments of which I am most proud. I had to answer essay questions regarding my leadership skills, creating a positive learning environment, how I improved teaching, and overall responsibilities.
Letters were also to be submitted by teachers and students.
“On November 21, IASP hosts a banquet that sits between the Associate Main Conference and the Fall Professionals Conference,” Welch explains. “During this banquet, the winners of the 12 regions are recognized. Then the organization recognizes the vice principal, elementary, middle, and high school principals of the year.
Welch was honored to win the award.
“It’s hard for me to identify some things that I think helped me win this award,” says Welch. “I believe being a positive influence and advocating for our students, staff, and community every day helped me win the award. I have put in place a few initiatives which I highlighted in my application. These included starting student trips to Miller’s assisted living complex. I wanted our students to be able to learn from others, and I think it also helped their communication skills and helped students develop empathy for others.
Welch believes he could not have won the award without Riverside’s incredible staff and great community support.
“People bought into the great things that Plymouth Community Schools do every day, and I had the opportunity to lead people in that society,” he says.
Welch has been at Riverside for nine years. He spent three years there as a fifth-grade language arts and social studies teacher and six years as vice-principal.
Welch believes the 2021-2022 school year has been special as students and staff have been able to return to an almost normal school year.
“The students walked the halls and could participate in all the activities,” he says. “It was refreshing to see students‘ faces walking through our building and being able to interact with them.
Welch studied elementary education at Ball State from 2008 to 2012.
“While at Ball State, I spent a lot of time during my junior and senior years at Wes-Del Elementary School,” he says. “Initially, I volunteered in after-school programs and in classrooms when my schedule permitted. I ended up teaching a second grade class under Mrs. Lisa Teagle. I had a great experience and had great mentors during that time. I ended up being hired as a fourth grade teacher at Wes-Del in 2012 for the 2012-2013 school year. This period of my life taught me a lot and it really became the foundation of who I am as an educator today.
Welch has positive plans and goals for the upcoming school year.
“We have some exciting and positive incentive programs that we’re looking to continue to roll out at Riverside,” says Welch. “One of the strengths of my work is being able to find ways to celebrate student success. We continue to work to improve and push our students academically. Being able to watch students learn and grow is always front and center. »
Welch is extremely grateful to the Plymouth community.
“I thank the students, the staff, the parents and all the stakeholders,” he said. “Plymouth Community Schools are a fantastic place for parents to send their pupils every day, and that’s thanks to the wonderful people who work at all of our schools. As an alumnus of Plymouth High School, I am proud to be part of the community where everyone can have such a positive impact on our young people. I have the privilege of being able to access a job every day where I can work to have a positive impact on others.