Ryan Lyrek



  • Elementary Education License (K-6), University of Minnesota
  • Masters of Education, Elementary Education, University of Minnesota


A bit about me…I grew up in Apple Valley, Minnesota in a family of teachers. My mom teaches 2nd grade, my sister teaches Kindergarten, my Uncle and Aunt have taught in International Schools in Spain, Taiwan and South Africa. My grandpa taught in Minneapolis Public Schools for over 30 years. I love spending quality time with family and friends, usually watching a sporting event. I am a huge basketball fan and grew up playing basketball, baseball, tennis and golf.


I believe in… helping others; trying your best; making learning opportunities engaging and making school an exciting experience each day.


My education journey… I graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2012, with a Masters of Education in Elementary Education. I started teaching in the Minneapolis Public School district in 2013. I began my career teaching 1st grade at Pillsbury Elementary. I have previously taught 1st grade, 2nd grade and 4th grade. This year I will be teaching 3rd grade!


Books… When I was in elementary school I loved to read Where the Wild Things Are and anything by Dr. Seuss. My favorite series is the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. The Harry Potter series was monumental in changing me from an at school only reader, to a lifetime reader. I enjoy reading many of my childhood favorite books to my class each year!


Stories to tell… Family trips to Major League Baseball stadiums growing up as a kid; helping start a bike program at a Minneapolis Public School; taking my class to the City of Lakes Ski Loppet and the different concerts and sporting events I love attending!