Ryan Stadler, one of the new foreign language teachers at Northview this year, teaches Spanish. Stadler has a unique academic and professional history that brings fresh perspective to his teaching. Stadler taught one year at Creekside High school, teaching acting, improvisation, and music for many years, although he prefers teaching Spanish.
“Students think foreign language is tedious and boring, but I hope to change their mind about that,” Stadler said. He believes that the practical language for an individual lies in their personal interests.
“I had a father from South America, so teaching Spanish spoke to me,” Stadler said. His dad, who is from Uruguay, taught math for 40 years, and his mom ran the theater department. Combined, Stadler’s parents taught 65 years. He inherited the family passion for education, seeing how important it was to make a difference in the lives of students and families. He plans on contributing to Northview by implementing his strong fine arts background into Spanish, by using Spanish plays, music, or movies. Northview’s competitive atmosphere resembled that of Stadler’s own high school, a fact that drew him to Northview. Stadler is also passionate about the fight for human rights across the world, as he sponsors the Amnesty International Club. He is an advocate of social issues such as gender inequality and prejudice with race and religion. He also believes that the diversity of the school can help push our community to advocate for human rights and kill prejudice.
“I’ve had a lot of bad foreign language teachers, which left a bad taste in my mouth, where I wasn’t interested at all in the language itself or its culture. I want to create better memories for the students and make foreign language more enjoyable,” Stadler said. Stadler’s desire to provide a better learning experience to students led him to be a teacher, especially in the foreign language department. Attending the Peabody Institute of Music, Stadler earned a bachelor’s in music and a degree in classical music as an opera singer. He received his teaching certification from Georgia State, and he has a master’s degree in Spanish. He still sings, but most of his time and energy is devoted to arts and improv.
“Señor Stadler is really cool and nice, and he’s a pretty chill teacher,” Shreya Basireddy, a student of Stadler, said. “Everyone participates even if they don’t want to participate, because Stadler has a system of randomly calling students. This can be overwhelming at times, and it’s not thrilling, but it’s extremely helpful because it really makes you pay attention and learn the material so you won’t be embarrassed.”
Stadler’s techniques force students to engage and stay on their toes, emulating the improv setting he is so passionate about.