Hi my name is Ruthann Elhard. I am from New York and moved to beautiful Colorado over 20 years ago. I have a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education from NYU. I have taught pre-k, kindergarten, first, second and fourth grade for over 20 years.
I love teaching at Ryan Elementary School. It is a truly special environment, filled with teachers that collaborate and work hard to provide the best education for our students. I am happy to be back and ready for a wonderful year. I can't wait to meet all my students!
Hello and Welcome! My name is Tua Laird. I am a Colorado native, and a graduate of Jeffco Schools. I have a Masters Degree in Elementary Education from Regis University and an endorsement in early childhood education. I have been a Jeffco teacher for 20 years and I have taught every grade level K-6. This is my 14th year at Ryan and my 9th year teaching Kindergarten.
Welcome to Kindergarten! My name is Shawn Tateyama. My parents were Department of Defense Dependent Schools teachers so I grew up in lots of places overseas, mostly Italy, and didn't move to the United States until I came to CU Boulder for my undergraduate degree. I have a Masters Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Colorado, Denver with an endorsement in Reading and Writing. I have been a Jeffco teacher for 17 years and I have taught Kindergarten, 1st and 4th grades all of them here at Ryan Elementary. I am so excited to be teaching Kindergarten this year and can't wait to get to know all the amazing little people that I am lucky enough to teach!