Ryan Groves

College Admissions Counselor

English/Language Arts Instructor ​

Education:

West Virginia University (History, B.A.)

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

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

Counseling Experience:

In addition to helping Berkeley² students with their school and test prep essays, Ryan has worked as a graduate writing counselor, teaching assistant, and ESL communications specialist.

Counseling Philosophy:

Ryan wants to know his 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. Ryan enjoys helping individuals find their voice and translate it to the admission process in a clear, concise, and compelling way.  

Teaching Experience: 

Ryan spent six years teaching 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 teaches American History at Austin Community College. 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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