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

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

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

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
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

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 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

Dr. Bates always tried to understand each student’s strengths and weaknesses. Anytime I had questions, I felt that I could always ask him without any hesitation. Being in his class, I saw my writing skills improve as well as my public speaking skills.

D.Z., AP U.S. History, AP Seminar, and AP Research student 
D.Z., AP U.S. History, AP Seminar, and AP Research student

With Dr. Bates’s help, I was able to develop some strong studying and organizational habits. He was easy and approachable to ask questions, and it fostered a comfortable/safe/and interesting learning environment. I knew that Dr. Bates cared about the material he was teaching and also cared about making sure we understood things and felt prepared.

Students should be given independence and the opportunity to connect the material back to something that is important to them, and Dr. Bates helped me do this. He was willing to explain things to me more than once and gave me the tools to run with that I was learning and make it into my own thing.

A.G., AP U.S. History and AP Research student 
A.G., AP U.S. History and AP Research 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

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