Hi, I’m Ryan Bates

I’m a learning coach, teacher, curriculum designer, and founder of @theCore T&L.

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Student First

First and foremost, I’m a student. A lifelong learner. This is how I grow and how I serve you. I share my knowledge and experiences to make you a better student or nurturer of students.

Life-long student

Learning Coach

I’m a Learning Coach who focuses on writing and what goes into being a better writer in school. Whether you are a high schooler in a history class, an undergrad student, or grad student in education, I’m here for you.

Learning Coach

Student-centered Teacher

I’m a teacher who focuses on the parts of teaching and learning that transform us to be better learners, problem solvers, and communicators across subject matter, grade level, or profession.

Student-centered teacher

Curriculum Design

I’m a curriculum designer. This is my passion. Creating new curriculum and tinkering with existing content to make us better students, better learners, better teachers.

Curriculum design

@theCore

I’m the founder of @theCore Teaching & Learning. @theCore focuses on all the ins and outs of being a better writer in school. By focusing on academic writing, we can be better students and, overall, better learners in school and life.

To do this, I share what I learn and experience as a student, as a teacher, as a human.

@theCore T&L

Testimonials

The way Dr. Bates taught me history was different from how I was taught in the past. He made us think deeper about the motives of historical figures and why events happened. This was refreshing!

D.G., AP U.S. History student 
D.G., AP U.S. History student

I never felt intimidated on the AP U.S. History exam. I know that for a lot of people the writing portion of the exam is the scariest part, they get overwhelmed, but by practicing with Dr. Bates, it felt like just another day in class instead of a big scary essay.

S.D., AP U.S. History student 
S.D., AP U.S. History student

Dr. Bates believed in me and that meant the most out of anything he ever did! I could tell he was invested in my future and genuinely cared.

K.G., AP U.S. History and AP Seminar student 
K.G., AP U.S. History and AP Seminar student

In research, Dr. Bates really helped guide me through the process, and that helped me immensely with what I’m pursuing now in college! He also always brought a bit of my favorite humor in class, and that made the class more fun and comfortable.

J.P., AP Research student 
J.P., AP Research student

Dr. Bates is extremely helpful and gets you thinking beyond what you need. He’s super supportive and is easy to talk to!

V.V., AP Seminar student 
V.V., AP Seminar student

Ryan was very prompt and provided meaningful feedback on a history paper assignment.

T.G., History student 
T.G., History student

Dr. Bates had a great sense of humor and made me enjoy coming to class. He was so personable that I always felt comfortable asking him for advice on other parts of my life: class advice, college applications, talking to my family. I think a great teacher is one who takes an interest in you more than just as a number in their class. Life outside the classroom can manifest within it, and so check-ups are important. Dr. Bates was always interested in my life and giving me the best advice he had to offer. Honestly, I probably would not have ended up going to Claremont if it was not for Dr. Bates.

M.L., AP U.S. History, AP Seminar, and AP Research student 
M.L., AP U.S. History, AP Seminar, and AP Research student

Dr. Bates has a very calm demeanor, which allowed me to compose myself and focus on what we were learning each day. I struggled with test anxiety which can make it difficult for me to learn in certain environments, but I never felt that way in his classroom.

I also became a better writer with Dr. Bates’s help in APUSH and Seminar. Every AP Exam has different writing requirements, but with U.S. History being the first ever AP Exam I would take made me nervous. So, practicing DBQs and FRQs and getting his feedback was key for the AP Exam, but also in learning how to connect big picture concepts.

N.K., AP U.S. History and AP Seminar student 
N.K., AP U.S. History and AP Seminar student
I always felt comfortable asking Dr. Bates questions and meeting with him if I ever needed help. I also remember Dr. Bates being a great motivator for the class as a whole. I think most of that stems from the relationship we had with him as our teacher and from his knowledge of the subject. I think most of what he taught me was how not to be afraid of daunting challenges and how to become more confident in the classroom environment as a whole.
N.R., AP U.S. History and AP Seminar student 
N.R., AP U.S. History and AP Seminar student

Dr. Bates was able to engage with his students and treat us as if we were on a similar level and it made me feel more comfortable to ask about the material and any other questions. He also had a strong understanding of the material and explained it in a way that was understandable to people with no background knowledge.

D.G., AP U.S. History student 
D.G., AP U.S. History student