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This award marks the first time Ryan has been recognized for his work encouraging women, men, boys and girls alike in technology. “I am honored to be chosen as a recipient of the Educator award, just as I am honored to be able to work along side the brightest and most inspirational high school students in our district.” Ryan graduated University California Santa Cruz with a B.S. in Computer Science and soon found fulfilment through helping underprivileged students improve their literacy and math skills through the use of educational software. Ryan owes much of this award to his involvement with the Watsonville TEC program which has produced four Affiliate award winners, and one National award winner in just the last two years. Watsonville TEC is a rapidly growing program that seeks to increase the representation of Latinas in careers of technology. To this end, students begin building an interest in technology and an appreciation for the importance of college as early as 5th grade. Currently Ryan is a teacher and co-creator of elementary level curriculum.