Hi, I’m Ryan Bates

I’m a learning coach, teacher, curriculum designer, and founder of HistoryKit.

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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

HistoryKit

I’m the founder of HistoryKit. HK focuses on the ins and outs of learning history through the development of supportive curriculum and instruction. Helping learners to be better history students allows them to make meaning of the world around them. 

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

HistoryKit

Testimonials

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

Ryan always extended a hand when someone reached out for help, and that is one of the best traits a teacher should have.

C.K., AP U.S. History student 
C.K., AP U.S. History student

I remember how Dr. Bates treated both myself and the people in our class. You made us feel like individuals, men and women with ideas that were to be respected. I did well on the APUSH exam, and although that’s probably because of how well he excelled in keeping all that history stuff inside my head… I have to say it was more so due to the fact that I respected what Dr. Bates was teaching me because he respected what I had to say.

J.S., AP U.S. History student 
J.S., AP U.S. History student

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

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

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

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

One of the biggest things for me that Dr. Bates brought as a teacher was the personal aspect of education. He got to know his students and allowed them to learn the material in a way they would remember. I am proud of the personal growth that his class taught me.

C.T., AP U.S. History student 
C.T., AP U.S. History student

Dr. Bates was the first teacher that pushed my way of thinking to be more analytical. With him as one of my guides, I have used this way of thinking to accomplish a lot in my college career.

The way Dr. Bates connects with his students makes a comfortable learning environment. Anxiety often made me doubt myself so to have someone to relate to helped me grow leaps and bounds over the years.

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

My paper was pretty rough, but with the help of Dr. Bates, it was in great condition. Every time we had a peer review, my paper was barely ever commented on because Dr. Bates had prepared me to cover all the points necessary.

C.K., AP Seminar student 
C.K., AP Seminar student