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    Ryan Tibbens

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    Department: English
    Block 1 11H 304
    Block 2 11A w/Roche 304
    Block 3 11A w/Roche 304
    Block 4 AP Lang 304
    Block 5 11H 304
    Block 6 AP Lang 304
    Block 7 SH 304
    Block 8 Eng. Planning

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    Professional Biography

    The 2017-2018 school year marks Mr.Tibbens' twelfth  year teaching in Loudoun County and his seventh at Broad Run High School.  He currently teaches Advanced Placement English Language and Composition (AP Lang), English 11 Honors, and English 11 Academic.  In the past, he's taught English 9 Academic and General; English 10 Academic; English 11 Honors, Academic, and General; Advanced Placement English Language and Composition; Etymology; SAT Prep; Fundamentals of Writing; Debate; and summer school for grades 9-12. He is originally from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, where he graduated from Mechanicsburg Area Senior High.  He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from James Madison University in 2005 (Go Dukes!); he graduated magna cum laude and majored in English with minors in Secondary Education and Anthropology. He earned his Master of Arts in Teaching (Secondary Education, English) degree from James Madison University in 2006.  Mr. Tibbens frequently participates in professional development and training, including Loudoun County programs, NCTE/VATE conferences, AP seminars, and a variety of other organizations.  He has completed the AP Institute for AP Language and Composition; that same summer, he participated in George Washington University's Teachers in Industry Program.  He previously completed the AP Institute for AP Literature and Composition.   Mr. Tibbens is currently or has been a member of the Virginia Association of Teachers of English (VATE), the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the Loudoun Education Association (LEA), Virginia Education Association (VEA), National Education Association (NEA), and served on VATE's Executive Board for three years.  Mr. Tibbens is a member of Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Kappa Delta Pi International Education Honor Society, Lambda Alpha National Collegiate Honors Society for Anthropology (charter class at JMU), National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Loudoun Education Association, Virginia Education Association, National Education Association, Virginia Association of Teachers of English, and the National Council of Teachers of English. He served on the Executive Board of the Virginia Association of Teachers of English for three years.  Mr. Tibbens was voted the "Most Valuable Teacher" at Heritage High School by the Class of 2010, has been honored at the annual Loudoun County Excellence in Education banquet ten times, and was selected as a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction by the National Society of High School Scholars.  Mr. Tibbens was awarded Broad Run's 2015-2016 "Triple I" Award for his innovation, instruction, and impact.    




    Teaching Experience
    2011-Present Broad Run High School Ashburn, VA 20147
                              Advanced Placement Language and Composition (current)
                              English 11 Honors  (current)
                              English 11 Academic (current)
                              English 10 Academic
    2006-2011 Heritage High School Leesburg, VA 20175
                              English 11 Honors
                              English 11 Academic
                              English 11 General
                              English 9 Academic
                              SAT Prep 
                              Fundamentals of Writing
                              Writing Tutor and Mentor
                              English 9 General

    2006 (Spring) Broadway High School Broadway, VA 22815 (Long-term sub)

                              English 11 American Literature - All Levels


    2003-2006 FYI Writing Center, JMU Harrisonburg, VA 22807



    Personal Interests
    Mr. Tibbens has a wide variety of hobbies and interests. First and foremost, Mr. Tibbens enjoys spending time with his wife, his son (Will), his friends, his family, his cat (General Lily Tso), and his dogs (Ziggy and Willa).  At his home, he maintains the Tibbens MiniFarm, which produces a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, and flowers.  He enjoys reading and writing, golfing, hiking, playing guitar and ukelele, traveling, conversing with friends, playing sports, listening to music, attending concerts, and working on home improvement projects. When he was in middle and high school, Mr. Tibbens played several sports; throughout his career, he was on the following teams: golf, football, baseball, basketball, and wrestling. He enjoys listening to rock, rap/hip-hop, funk, blues, bluegrass, folk, jazz, country, classical, and almost every other kind of music (and he loves to get recommendations from his students). He also enjoys a wide variety of movies (Cool Hand Luke and Fight Club are his favorites).  Conversations about literature, music, movies, and travel are always appreciated and rewarding.

    Food for Thought


     "It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men." --  Frederick Douglass 
    "Every time you stop a school, you will have to build a jail.  What you gain at one end you lose at the other.  It's like feeding a dog on his own tail.  It won't fatten the dog."  -- Mark Twain
    "It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the most responsive to change." - Charles Darwin
    "At the desk where I sit, I have learned one great truth. The answer for all our national problems - the answer for all the problems of the world - comes to a single word. That word is education." - Lyndon B. Johnson
    “Information is the currency of democracy.” - Thomas Jefferson
    "They know enough who know how to learn." - Henry Brooks Adams
    "It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." - Aristotle
    "Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence." - Robert Frost
    "Far from creating independent thinkers, schools have always, throughout history, played an institutional role in a system of control and coercion.  And once you are well educated you have already been socialized in ways that support the power structure, which, in turn, rewards you immensely." - Noam Chomsky
    "The moment you say that any idea system is sacred, whether it's a religious belief system or a secular ideology, the moment you declare a set of ideas to be immune from criticism, satire, derision, or contempt, freedom of thought becomes impossible."  - Salmon Rushdie 
    "Quotation, n.: The act of repeating erroneously the words of another."  -    Ambrose Bierce