Ryan J Hollister Turlock High School Geoscience & AP Envinronmental Science
1600 E. Canal St.
Turlock, CA 95380 Room: L-3
THS Phone: (209) 667 2055
School E-mail: email@example.com
Personal E-mail (non-school): ryhollister at sbcglobal.net
Educational Philosophy The geosciences dictate the physical rules of life on Earth. As such I strive to let my students experience, explore and learn the processes that control, support and undermine life's existence on this very small planet 93 million miles away from a star that is considered to be average among trillions and trillions of others. Personal, positive, place-based experiences are key methodologies I use to inspire a vested interest within my students. With interest comes intrinsic development of civic and natural responsibility for our wonderful planet - our home. How do I go about accomplishing the feat? As a visual and hands-on learner myself, my lectures are animated and littered with tons of photos from my vast field-study and hiking experiences. Demonstrations and activities are frequent, as are relevant real-world examples of how to be geo-smart. More importantly, fun, excitement and intriguing discussions are the order of the day! My class tends to infiltrate the brains of every student, whether they like it or not. How do I know? Countless comments along the lines of “I was driving/biking/hiking the other day and couldn’t help but think about the rocks/weather/water we passed along the way. Curse you, Hollister!” (Active fist pumping ensues). Life is too short not to have fun on this planet, and I endeavor to make this planet fun for my students.
Hiking & Photography When I am not actively teaching in a classroom or tinkering with projects I can usually be found out on the trail with my wife digitally capturing the many scenic areas that are in close proximity to our house. What originally started as a hobby and resource for better classroom lectures has been steadily morphing into a full-fledged passion, replete with gallery shows. I hope to steadily increase my photographic skills so that I may continue to bring inspirational scenes to my classes and to those who may want to hang them in their living rooms.
Education - MS, Geoscience - Mississippi State University, 2010
- Geoscience Credential - California State University, Stanislaus, 2003 - BA, Liberal Studies - California Polytechnic State University, 2001
Turlock High Affiliations - WildLink Club Advisor (WildLink Web Page)
- Turlock Track Jumps Coach
- Transparent Leadership Team Member
- Professional Learning Community Chair
- WASC Co-leader
Professional Affiliations - National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT)
- Geological Society of America
Awards & Honors - 2010/11 Turlock High Teacher of the Year
Member of Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society
- 2012 NASA Triad Teacher Leadership Participant
- 2013 NASA Triad JPL Academy Participant
Geologic Field Guides and Published Contributions 2010 - Faults, Fossils, Fronts, Fire & Ice: 7 -Day Geoscience Field Guide to Central California and Nevada. DOWNLOAD HERE (10mb PDF file)