Ryan J Hollister
Turlock Unified School District
Secondary Geoscience & Place-Based Learning Integration
Formerly Turlock High Geoscience & AP Environmental Science
I'm high school geoscience and AP environmental science teacher in my thrird year of operating as a science coach for the Turlock Unified School District. I also teach Earth Science at Stanislaus State and Modesto JC. I previously taught at Turlock High School in Turlock, California for 15 years and began my career with one year at Great Valley School in Weston Ranch, CA. With a blend of enthusiasm, expertise and place-based learning I was able to get my students interested in the physical processes that have shaped the region they call home: California’s Great Central Valley. Now I'm doing the same with teachers! My ultimate goal is to help shape a citizenry that will be able to solve the air and water quality problems that plague the San Joaquin Valley.
I have a master’s in geoscience from Mississippi State. In 2015 I received the Far West Region’s Outstanding Earth Science Teacher award from the National Association of Geoscience Teachers in recognition of my dedication and contributions to the geosciences as a teacher.
In 2016 I was lucky enough to be part of the inaugural Science Friday Educator Collaborative. That collaboration allowed me to develop a first of its kind Immersive Virtual Field Experience: a geology trip that helps students solve the origins of the Columns of the Giants by transporting them to the field!
My wife Laura (a geoscience teacher at Turlock’s cross-town rival, Pitman High) and I, have proudly played a role in sending more than 160 students on week-long WildLink Club backpacking expeditions through the rugged backcountry of Yosemite National Park. The goal of those journeys is to help our students develop a better understanding and appreciation for wilderness. Citizens that use wilderness are much more likely to ensure that wilderness endures. You can take a gander at inspiring photo journals from these trips here.
Hiking & Photography (See Hikes Page)
When I am not actively teaching in a classroom, tinkering with projects or being a dad, I can usually be found out on the trail with my wife and son digitally capturing the many scenic areas that are in close proximity to our house.
Turlock USD Affiliations 2018-19
Advisory BoardsAwards & Honors
Geologic Field Guides & Published Contributions
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