Phone: 1-847-675-8236


Degrees and Certifications:

Masters of Arts in Elementary Education - Northeastern Illinois University Master of Arts in Educational Technology -Concordia University English as a Second Language Endorsement -National Louis University Gifted Education Endorsement - Aurora University

Mrs. Ana Ryan

Hello parents,

Welcome to fourth grade!  My name is Ana Ryan, and I am thrilled to be your child's teacher this school year. I would like to take this brief opportunity to tell you a little about myself as well as my goals for your children and some of the things your children will be learning in school.


I am a graduate of Northeastern Illinois University. I received my first master's degree in elementary education and my second master's degree in educational technology. I began my teaching career at the Children’s Care and Development Center located in Todd Hall, where I taught Pre-K for 11 years. This will be my 17th year teaching at Rutledge Hall. I taught fourth grade for four years, third grade for eleven years, and have made my way back to teaching fourth grade once again! The majority of my time away from school is spent with my husband, three sons, and extended family and friends. 


One of my goals for this year is to ensure that this learning experience is fun - keeping in mind that learning is the key word. Children are often motivated to learn if their surroundings enhance their self-confidence, and they feel positive about their abilities. An engaging curriculum, along with support and encouragement, will often change the mindset of students to realize that learning is fun. Fourth grade will be a year filled with exciting new information, many learning activities, and projects. We will be concentrating on independence along with critical thinking skills, which are advanced mechanisms that will help children for the rest of their lives. It is going to be a busy, yet enjoyable year.


If you ever have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to call (847-675-8236) or email me at


I hope that you are as excited as I am about the school year. I know that we will all work together as a team to make this a rewarding and fun-filled year!