Name of staff member: Corina Ryland
Position in USD #435: 8th grade Special Education Teacher
Years in this position: This is my 22nd year working for Central Kansas Cooperative In Education in the Abilene School District. After 20 years teaching second and third grade students with special needs, I moved to the 8th grade special education position at Abilene Middle School.
Hometown: I was born in Annapolis, Md. I went to school in Spain, Turkey, Maryland, Japan and Florida. I graduated from Homestead Senior High School in Florida. I received my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Kansas State University.
What inspired you to go into education? I knew when I was in 4th grade that I wanted to be a teacher. I loved playing school. I always thought I’d be a kindergarten, first or second grade teacher. While doing my student teaching in the second grade classroom, I found I really enjoyed working with the students who needed a “little more” so I turned down a couple of teaching positions out of state and went back to K-State for my Master’s degree in special education. One job I knew I’d NEVER do was teach middle school with crazy racing hormones! Never say Never! I’m loving it!
What brought you to Abilene? I like the size and history of Abilene. (I’d never lived in a town so small. ) I thought I’d teach here for a few years and move on since I’d never lived in one place more than four years; but I really enjoy working in the Abilene school district.
A memorable teaching moment: There are so many of those moments you think you’ll never forget. When I first started teaching, a friend suggested I keep a journal of the memorable moments in teaching. I wish I’d listened. I love the ”ah -ha” moments when the “light bulbs” go off in their heads and the students ”get it”. I have loved seeing how much past students have grown. (I especially see it now from second grade to middle school.) And, I love when students see me in public and say hello!