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Ryan Groves
College Admissions Counselor
English/Language Arts Instructor ​


West Virginia University (History, B.A.)

University of Central Florida (History, M.A.)

University of Texas at Austin (History, Ph.D.)

Counseling Experience:

Ryan has over five years of experience as a College Admissions and Academic Counselor. His students have been accepted into competitive programs at Stanford, UT Austin, University of California-Berkeley, UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Washington, USC, University of Michigan, UIUC, Texas A&M, and many other top-tier institutions. In addition to assisting Berkeley² Academy students with their college application portfolios, Ryan oversees students’ academic and professional development through Berkeley² Academy’s Steps program.

Counseling Philosophy:

"I believe it’s important to know my students beyond the educational box score of GPA, class rank and test scores. Each student is an individual with unique experiences, strengths, interests, and goals. I look forward to helping students find their voice and translate it to the admissions process in a clear, concise, and compelling way.”

Teaching Experience: 

Ryan spent six years assisting students of diverse backgrounds in history, geography, critical reading, and writing at the University of Texas. In addition to his work at Berkeley² Academy, Ryan was an Associate Professor of History at Austin Community College, where he taught American History. He currently teaches World History at a public school. He has also served as a college writing counselor, archivist, reporter, nonprofit logistics specialist, and editor for corporate communications and academic publications.

Teaching Philosophy: 

“I believe that a solid educational foundation begins with the courage to ask questions. From questions comes exploration, and from exploration comes understanding. Therefore, I encourage my students to be inquisitive about the subject matter in front of them and the world around them. This encouragement manifests itself through discussions that emphasize conceptual comprehension above factual regurgitation.”

Interesting Fact: 

Ryan spent six months traveling throughout South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Lesotho conducting field research for his dissertation. An avid music enthusiast who believes in the superior sound quality of 8-tracks, Ryan enjoys collecting vinyl and playing music.

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