Mrs. Nuala Ryan » About the Teacher

About the Teacher

It has been my honor to be part of the OLC School community since 2007. In that time, I have have worked with all grade levels and have seen the student population triple in size.  I have especially enjoyed watching our children grow up from preschoolers into fine young adults, ready for high school.


I am delighted to be back in the Library, where we are undertaking a huge genrefication project. This is a growing movement, particularly in children's libraries. It helps readers find books that interest them, since the books are shelved by genre rather than by author.


This year I am very excited to continue with Maker Space. Making is become a very hot trend in education, giving students the opportunity to create, tinker, invent, collaborate, and figure out how things work, or how to solve something. There is no “one way” to do things.  Makers learn by “failing forward,” figuring out what needs tweaking, and then fixing it. I can’t wait to see what they will come up with next! Chances are, I'll be taking pictures of it.


For the past several years I have coordinated the school’s yearbook, as well as handling our Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. I am likely to pop up, taking pictures, at any place, at any time!


Prior to beginning my career in education, I worked in politics and the labor movement in Washington, D.C., and then raised our two sons, who are now in their 20’s.


I graduated from Georgetown University, where I met and married my husband.  After he finished his doctorate, we returned to New Jersey. Eventually, I began substitute teaching in Bayonne Public Schools, and then attended graduate school at Saint Peter’s University, where I received my teaching certificates in Elementary Education and in Middle School Social Studies.