Enid's Ryan Costello - Teacher of the Month Presented by Rick's Pharmacy
Ryan Costello started his teaching career just a few years ago with Enid Public Schools and he’s remained loyal to the school he also graduated from back in 2004.
“This is my sixth-year teaching, and all six have been here at Enid High School. I’m a 2004 EHS graduate,” said Costello.
His passion for the school and teaching is palpable when you hear why he enjoys working as an educator.
“There’s plenty to enjoy about being an educator, but the top spot has to go to the relationships. The kids are an endless source of energy. We feed off of one another. I love watching them grow and face their own individual challenges - be they in the classroom, on the court, or just in life - and I always, always show them how proud I am of their wins and how I’ll never leave them with their losses,” said Costello.
Teaching in 2020 does have a different look. If not physically, it certainly has a new approach mentally.
“Obviously we’re all masked up, but largely it’s been a smooth adjustment. Fortunately, EPS is a 1:1 device district, so I’ve been leveraging our digital capabilities for a few years now. I create video lectures and enhance standard reading with visual and audio aids, all delivered on the digital platform Google Classroom,” said Costello. “Teaching at Enid right now is like catching a wave. Even though this year has been interesting and understandably chaotic at times, with our new facilities and features on campus thanks to the 2016 bond issue, there’s an unmistakably positive momentum to it.”
Costello said the students are taking everything in stride and have been “troopers” when it comes to the new standards. Costello serves as the Co-Student Council Sponsor, allowing his leadership skills to be utilized by the students and the district.
“Along with my co-sponsor Lillian Sherrill, I help lead the EHS Student Council. This is my second year with the group, and we hope to do even more student engagement, volunteering, and fundraising for the needy folks in Enid this year,” said Costello. “I want to grow along with my school. I want to capitalize on the positive momentum at EHS and do my part to mold the culture, academics, and school pride at my home and alma mater into something special.”
Costello offers this advice to future educators or anyone considering teaching as their profession.
“My advice to someone considering teaching is that this is your chance to be a truly positive role model in the next generation’s lives. So, do it, but really be about it. It’s a challenging, but, if you really mean it, endlessly rewarding profession.”