Ryan has been Head of School at Carrollwood Day School in Tampa, Florida since 2013. He has been working in education since 1998, having taught honors chemistry and mathematics in both charter and public schools, along with teaching IB chemistry and mathematics at Riverstone International School in Boise, Idaho. During his tenure in education, he has served as a Grade Level Chair, Department Chair, Division Head, and Assistant Head of School. He earned his B.S. in chemistry at the University of Oregon, an M.A. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Colorado, and an Ed.D. in educational and organizational leadership from the University of Pennsylvania.