Ryan Stivers is the Founding Developer Coach at Rooted School in New Orleans, LA. Ryan moved to New Orleans in 2014 to pursue his passion of serving high school youth. A former high school-drop out, Ryan works with students teaching them the skills they need to be financially free. Ryan is committed to social justice and has his students explore various ways inequalities affect american culture and develop civic-action plans to address issues they are passionate about. Ryan's passion is to create student-centered equity-based environments that help shatter the institutional and bureaucratic feel of traditional systems. Ryan is from Chicago, where he previous worked in marketing before receiving his B.A in Secondary Education and History from Lake Forest College. Ryan is currently pursuing a Masters of Art in Educational Leadership at Teachers College at Columbia University in New York.