Erin Ryan joined NWEA as senior writer in 2018. Her way with words and passion for helping kids have met in unexpected ways. She earned a master’s degree in educational leadership and policy analysis from the University of Wisconsin, then taught second grade at a STEM-focused magnet school in northern Florida. She later shifted to creative writing, dreaming up children’s books, greeting cards, and digital content. She also worked in solutions journalism, focusing on equity, education, and small—but impactful—ways to change the world. At NWEA, she continues doing just that.