Head of the Class

Baltimore public school instructor named state Teacher of the Year.

By Amy Mulvihill - December 2015

Head of the Class

Baltimore public school instructor named state Teacher of the Year.

By Amy Mulvihill - December 2015

-Photography by Brian Schneider

Despite Hailing from a long line of educators and even entering the profession himself as a third-grade teacher, Ryan Kaiser wasn’t sure teaching was for him. That is, until he came to Baltimore from his native Nebraska 10 years ago.

Eager to get to know his new hometown, Kaiser began taking his fifth-grade pupils on field trips, integrating lessons with first-person exploration. The results were profound. “The more we were out of the classroom, the better they were doing in the classroom,” he says.

Recently, Kaiser—who turns 41 this month and now teaches sixth- and eighth-grade social studies at The Mount Washington School—was named the Maryland Teacher of the Year. He will spend the next year traveling statewide talking about education and his teaching methods, which, he says, can be summed up in the Chinese proverb, “I forget what I hear, I remember what I read, and I understand what I do.”

In addition to taking his students on excursions that range from kayaking on the Patapsco River to visiting the White House, Kaiser coaches his school’s debate team and writes the middle-school honors curriculum for the city’s schools, which he thinks don’t get enough credit. “Our students learn—and love to learn—just like any student in any [other] district.” he says.

You May Also Like

The Chatter

Will Judge Make an Example Out of Catherine Pugh?

With the former mayor’s sentencing scheduled for February, both sides get to work on their case.

The Chatter

New Maryland Zoo Post is Personal for Kirby Fowler

Though not an animal expert, Fowler hopes his knowledge of the city will carry over.

News & Community

Did Not Compute

Twenty years later, we look back at the overhyped phenomenon that was Y2K.

Style & Shopping

Stitch By Stitch

Local fabric shop brings crafters together to celebrate sewn trades.

On The Town

The Boys of Hampden Return with Bawdy Calendar for Charity

New pin-up calendar showcases the sultry side of Hampden male business owners.

The Chatter

Pete Buttigieg Touts Criminal Justice Reform In Baltimore Visit

The presidential candidate first visit to Baltimore was for private donor fundraising event.

-Photography by Brian Schneider

Connect With Us

Most Read

Four Key Updates on the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra: Here’s what the BSO has been up to since performances resumed in September.

Meet the Ravens’ 25-Year-Old, Number-Crunching Whiz Who Has John Harbaugh’s Ear: Park School alum Daniel Stern helps call the game-changing shots for his hometown team.

Maya Rockeymoore Cummings Declares For Late Husband’s Seat: We break down the familiar faces in upcoming special Democratic primary.

Maryland Native Maggie Rogers Receives First Grammy Nomination: The singer-songwriter was nominated for “Best New Artist” alongside big-name acts.

Gervonta Davis Wins Another World Title Belt, Eyes ‘Big Year’ Ahead: West Baltimore’s own was bruised, but not beaten in longest fight of his pro career.