Hello, my name is Mr. Ryan Foley.
I had the good fortune of growing up in one of our sending districts, North Hanover, and therefore, I am an alumni of Northern Burlington High School. After graduating from Northern, I spent two years attending Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, before transferring to the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, now Stockton University, in Galloway, New Jersey, where I completed my studies and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Literature. Although I did not pursue an education program at Stockton, I was employed as a substitute teacher in the local school districts throughout my time there and continued working as a substitute and, later, as a paraprofessional aide before completing my alternate route teaching certification through Mercer County Community College and beginning work as a teacher of English here at Northern Burlington in the 2006-2007 school year.
Throughout my 10 year tenure at Northern Burlington, I have had the good fortune to inspire and educate a wide variety of our students, both as an instructor and as the advisor for Northern Burlington’s Yearbook Club, overseeing the production of the Northern Light yearbook for the last 7 years. I have had the chance to work with many wonderful students over the years, but the most rewarding part of my experience has been working with Freshmen students. While many think of this age group as a challenging one, I truly enjoy working with Freshmen, as it allows me the opportunity to “open the door” the broader world of literature and writing that they will continue to study throughout their time as students in high school and beyond.
In my spare time, I enjoy reading, playing guitar, and spending time with my family and my adorable dog, Mable. As my students come to know quickly, I am a fan of all of the local Philadelphia-area sports teams, in particular the Eagles and the Phillies. During the school year, I can often be found after school for Yearbook meetings, which run twice a week during our busy period, which runs from September until early April. Because I am frequently after school for these meetings anyway, I encourage my students who need extra help to come to the Yearbook Club meetings, where, thanks to a strong core of student leaders in the club, I can set aside time to work with those students while the club continues its normal functions and responsibilities. I am also available for extra help by appointment if my students need it during other times. The best way to contact me is via e-mail, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Northern Burlington High School has been a defining part of my life since before I was a teenager. It has been my great pleasure and privilege to have attended and now to educate here and I look forward to continuing to do so for many years to come.