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Mr. Cherry Bio

Ryan Cherry is from Brooklyn, Michigan and attended Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. He is a highly qualified educator who spent the last 14 years working in various educational settings around the Midwest.  After seeing his high school soccer coach be an influential role model in the lives of his elementary students, he studied elementary education in college as he sought to also positively impact the lives of students. He did his student teaching in 5th grade at Cleveland School in Chicago.  He taught Language Arts and Math in a 5th grade classroom in Brookfield, IL,  all subjects in a 4th through 6th grade room at a public Montessori school in Indiana and at Hibbard Elementary in CPS before coming to Decatur in 2017.

Mr. Cherry is inquisitive and curious about the people and world around him. He enjoys reading as it a great avenue to better understand people and our world. He agrees with Dr. Seuss that "the more you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go." Mr. Cherry is filled with immense excitement about the chance to teach physical education, as it combines his passion for physical activity and sports with the joy of engaging with students and supporting them enthusiastically. He is fascinated by neuroscience and its intersection with physical activity and is grateful for the chance to have students four days each week to encourage their physical activity.


He is passionate about seeing students gain confidence in their abilities to be successful in both the classroom and the world and become well rounded individuals who care for others as they care for themselves.  In his free time, Mr. Cherry enjoys playing sports, spending time with friends and family and enjoying a delicious slice of pie with some strong coffee.



4th grade Tic Tac Toe Summer Mixer

Students talked with other students to learn about what fun things they were up to this summer.

5th grade Amal Unbound Dance Performances

Students created dances based upon their reading of the novel, Amal Unbound.

5th grade Science Measuring Terrariums

Students measured and analyzed what has happened in their terrariums so far and why some are thriving and some are not.

3rd grade Bank Project

Students created different projects from posters to skits to demonstrate their understanding of the role of banks in a community. The presentations were really fun to watch!

4th grade Straw Reeds Lab

Students have been learning about sound waves and investigating what makes sounds different like volume and pitch. To see this an action students used straws to create reeds to could make different sounds based upon the way they were crafted. We analyzed the sounds and identified what we were hearing.

Hand Collision Model

Students have been learning about sound waves and how energy travels in all forms of waves. We created this model to help us understand how particles in a waves collide and as result transfer energy to the next particle and on and on.
The DECIDE decision making acronym we are using in health class to make thoughtful, informed decisions.
This is how our composting bin looked to start. We have a layer of dirt that is nice and wet and then on top paper scraps because its a great source of Carbon!

Earth Day Composting Posters

Check out the progress students are making on their composting posters that educate other students about the

Terrarium Photos version 2

Here are pictures of how the students' terrariums have changed after only a few weeks since we planted the grass and alfalfa.

Dress like your Teacher Day

On Friday students had the chance to dress like teachers and teachers the chance to dress like students. We had a blast!

5th Grade Terrarium Initial Photos

As part of our unit on ecosystems, students planned and created their own terrariums.