Ryan Friederich

NASEF Scholastic Mentor

  • Title: Technology Director/Instructional Technology Coach
  • School / Organization: Spirit Lake Community School District
  • Grade Level(s): 10th
  • Location: Spirit Lake, IA
  • Cohort: 2019-2020
Ryan Friederich  | 2019-20

Hello! My name is Ryan Friederich and I'm the Technology Director at Spirit Lake CSD in Spirit Lake, Iowa. I am in my ninth year as a professional educator and I am passionate about technology integration in schools. I am fortunate to work in a progressive district that supports risk-taking and lifelong learning. I live in Spirit Lake with my wife and four children. 

What are your strengths and unique aspirations as a NASEF Scholastic Mentor?

I have experience in instructional coaching. I am in an administrative position at my school that allows for flexibility in my day-to-day operations. I want to grow my esports club into one of the most active in Iowa. I'm not as worried about the competitive aspect of the club (winning tournaments and leagues isn't my goal) but instead I want to get kids involved, especially at a time where high school activities seem to be extremely cut-throat, pressure-filled, and pay to play. I also obtained my Master's Degree in Instructional Technology and I feel that will help me remotely collaborate with the fellows and other mentors.

What do you hope to accomplish for your professional development by becoming a Scholastic Mentor?

I hope to become more active in the academic Esports community. As a fellow, I was able to work closely with the other fellows but I know there are opportunities to expand our reach all across the world. I also want to utilize this opportunity to become a better teacher and leader in my district. Trying something different and not being afraid to fail is so important to 21st century educators and I want to share my risks, rewards, and experiences with others.

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