Mr. Brock's Bio
You may notice a particularly proud smile on campus at De Portola, and that man is Ryan Brock, our principal. Born near the happiest place on Earth (Disneyland in Anaheim, CA), Mr. Brock came to San Diego in 1995 to study Physics at UCSD. He quickly fell in love with all its amenities. After graduating from UCSD in 1998, Mr. Brock went on to get a teaching credential and his first teaching job at O’Farrell Community School in Encanto. Two years later, Mr. Brock transferred to Roosevelt Middle School near the San Diego Zoo. During his time at Roosevelt, Ryan honed his teaching skills and even served as a BTSA (Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment) Mentor. He headed the school’s math department and later received the Innovations in Education Grant Award by Cox Communications for his integration of Palm Pilots into the Seminar Program. In 2008, Mr. Brock was hired as a support provider for the district intern program. This position involved working with seven new teachers from all over the district where he helped them develop their craft. After only one year, Ryan was promoted to Vice Principal at Lewis Middle School in Allied Gardens. The next three and a half years were filled with a tremendous amount of learning under the mentorship of Brad Callahan, where he helped Lewis become even more efficient, digitally savvy and engaging for students. Ryan’s family includes his amazing wife June, 14-year-old son Charlie, and 13-year-old daughter Mia. They are committed to a life of adventure, often calling themselves the “Broqueros” (like the Spanish word vaquero combined with Brock) as they hike, roller skate, or try some new form of family fun. Mr. Brock brings with him the heart of a committed educator and father, the intellect of a digital native and the energy of a 12-year-old. He is excited to be joining the already outstanding team at De Portola Middle School and looks forward to meeting his new learning community.