Ryan McWilliams


Ryan McWilliams

Third Grade Assistant Teacher

Ryan McWilliams is an East Bay native, raised in the Kensington hills. In 2009, he graduated first in his class from the Laney College culinary arts program with degrees in culinary arts and restaurant management. Mr. McWilliams also obtained certifications in safety and sanitation, human resources, and nutrition. After graduating, he worked extensively in the high-class catering world of San Francisco and, since leaving that realm, has acted as personal chef and child care provider for multiple families. For the 2011 – 2012 school year, Mr. McWilliams worked at Windrush School as an after-school teacher, a position that eventually blossomed into the role of kindergarten and first grade art teacher. He is currently studying for a B.A. in education. This is his first year as Black Pine Circle School’s third grade assistant teacher, following a year as the second grade and five years as the kindergarten assistant teacher.

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Why I Work with Children

My personal measure of success is based on happiness. Our students make me smile every day.

A Favorite Book

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park. It’s a beautiful story of humanitarianism born from personal experience and conquered adversity.

Quick Fact

Musician and Culinary Arts graduate

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