Lincoln Middle,

an IB World School

Mr. Ryan Thomson

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About Me
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I truly love what I do and coming to Lincoln every day.  Our staff and students are Amazing!

I grew up in a challenging area in San Bernardino, California. There were many obstacles facing youth in that area.  I learned how to overcome challenges and persevere through influences in school and in the neighborhood. One consistency in my life has been around education.  My dad taught science for 40 years, and my mom taught math for 35 years.  I started tutoring many subjects in middle school, including math, science and spelling.  I also tutored extra-curricular activities such as dominoes and chess.  It was clear to me at a very young age I wanted to be in a career where I helped kids learn. 

I continued tutoring math, science, dominoes and chess through high school where I played football, soccer and baseball.  I was part of multiple championship teams in football and soccer.  I led our high school chess team to a state title and also won a couple local domino tournaments.

In college, I focused more attention on tutoring math to students in middle school to college.  I was not a traditional student in college.  At one point, I dropped out for more than 3 years.  During this time, I worked several miscellaneous jobs, including at the airport with Federal Express, waiting tables at Marie Calendar’s, cutting and hauling at a Christmas tree farm, landscaper, apartment manager, and busboy at La Rosita’s.  Through my time away from school, I continued tutoring students in math.  This is what brought me back to school.  A student of mine told me that I taught better than his teacher.  I once again enrolled at California State University in San Bernardino where I graduated 3 years later after 4 consecutive quarters on the Dean’s list.

I taught 5 years at San Bernardino High School while concurrently earning my first master’s degree in secondary education with emphasis in cross-cultural, language and academic development. I moved to Colorado in 2006.  In Greeley, I taught at Northridge High School for 3 years and then Jefferson Alternative High School for 1 year.  I was also a district math coach for 2 years.  I earned my second master’s degree in educational leadership from Colorado State University. I went to work as assistant principal and athletic director at Adams City High School in Commerce City.  Two years later, I got an assistant principal job closer to home, here at Lincoln Middle School.  2017-18 is the start of my 4th year at Lincoln, and I have loved every minute of it.

I am very fortunate to have married my beautiful college sweetheart, Stephanie. We recently celebrated 15 years of marriage.  We have 3 wonderful children: Ethan, RJ and Emily. I have family all over the country and Europe and enjoy our adventures traveling to visit, most recently this summer to California, Canada, and Europe.  We celebrated our Goddaughter’s high school graduation in CA, a baseball game at our 24th different stadium in Toronto, my younger sister’s wedding in Trento, Italy, and then traveled south to Rome. The Coliseum and Sistine Chapel are as breathtaking as they are in books. My family means the world to me, and we have made a permanent home in Colorado.

Educational Background: 

High School - Cajon High School, San Bernardino, CA

Bachelor's Degree - California State University San Bernardino -- Major: Mathematics 

Master's Degree - National University - Major -- Secondary Education with emphasis in Cross-cultural, Language, and Academic Development

Master's Degree - Colorado State University -- Educational Leadership

Favorite Books: 

All Sherlock Holmes books by Arthur Conan Doyle

The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford

All books written by or related to John Wooden

The Rose That Grew From Concrete by Tupac Shakur

Interest & Hobbies: 
  • Playing with my kids
  • Football
  • Baseball
  • Traveling
  • Soccer
  • Basketball
  • Camping
  • Volleyball
  • Broncos
  • CSU - Go Rams
  • Laughing
  • Coaching
  • Working with kids
What I like most about my school: 

I love the Lincoln Lancer family made up of our students, staff, and community.  

Favorite Quote: 

“Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”  Vince Lombardi

"The road to success is always under construction."  Anonymous