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Why I'm Passionate About Olathe Schools
The board must focus on providing an exceptional educational experience for all of Olathe's students and refocus efforts on essential curriculum that builds a foundation for learning. This includes English, literacy, mathematics, science, technology, engineering, foreign languages, civics/government, economics, arts, history, geography, computer science, music, and physical education.
I want to make sure Olathe Public Schools is attracting, hiring and retaining the most qualified and effective teachers, and providing an environment where teachers can be fulfilled in their careers and effective in their ability to improve student achievement and knowledge.
I will listen to all members of the Olathe community, especially parents of current students, in order to better understand their needs and give them a voice.
I will continue to advocate for Olathe Schools to be fiscally sound, and utilize the community's tax dollars effectively and responsibly. We need to stop taking money we don't need and then having the obligations to comply with the requirements that come with that funding.
Hi, I'm Ryan and it's great to meet you.
I was born in California and lived there until my Junior year in High School, when my family moved to Florida. I attended MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting.
After graduating from MNU I accepted a position at a local bank where I started out as a Teller. I held various positions including Personal Banker, Credit Analyst, and ultimately Vice President of Commercial Banking. After gaining this experience, I went to work for a highly rated third-party commercial mortgage servicer in Leawood initially as an Asset Manager and later Vice President of the Loan Operations team managing a multi-billion commercial loan portfolio. Currently, I am the Director of Commercial Banking Operations for Kansas City's largest Credit Union.
I am a passionate father of two elementary age boys and enjoy being a volunteer coach for youth sports. My hobbies are anything to do with the lake especially fishing and working on vintage jet skis.
2007 graduate of Leadership Olathe
Served on the Olathe Chamber Finance Committee
Former member of the Olathe CVB Advisory Council
Former member of the Olathe CVB Sports Commission
Volunteer with Watch D.O.G.S (Dads of Great Students)
Volunteer Coach for youth sports
Active in my local Olathe church
Meet My Family
My wife, Kimberly, grew up on a farm in Hillsboro, KS. We met at MidAmerica Nazarene and have been married for 16 years. Our boys attend one of Olathe Public Schools' 36 elementary schools. They've had great teachers who have invested in them and helped them grow.
We love the Royals, the Chiefs, traveling as a family and enjoying time outdoors.