Meet Our Faculty: Ryan Ward

The teachers and staff members at St. Paul Preparatory share a love of cultures and education. We come from diverse backgrounds and share our unique talents and experiences with our school community. We truly care about our students and take joy in helping them reach their full potential.

Meet Ryan Ward from our Fitness and Health Department.

Faculty Profile, Ryan Ward

Physical Education Department

  • Favorite movie: Shawshank Redemption, Braveheart,  or Lonesome Dove
  • Favorite book: Open- Andre Agassi Biography,  Lone Survivor- Navy Seal book, or Its not about the Bike- Lance Armstrong
  • Favorite color: Green
  • Favorite food: Steak-Filet

What’s something cool about your subject?

We get to exercise and burn off some energy throughout the day. You only get one body so you need to do what you can to make it last a long time.

What do you do when you’re not working at SPP?

When not at SPP- I play professional lacrosse in the National Lacrosse League (NLL) so I spend a lot of time (weekends) traveling around North America.  I spend all free extra time with my wife & daughter.

How did you spend your summer?

I instructed several lacrosse camps in June/July (Eden Prairie, Rochester, Memphis, Denver and Edmonton).

In August my family returned to my hometown of Victoria, BC for a 2 week vacation & to celebrate my parent’s 35th wedding anniversary.

Where is the best place you’ve ever lived or visited and why?

Tough question as there are so many great cities in the US that I have visited. I think Victoria in the summer is a tough place to beat.  However a city I visited a few years ago that I really enjoyed was Zurich, Switzerland.  It was the only European city (that I visited) where I could envision myself living.  Extremely clean, scenic, friendly people etc.

What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever done?

Become a dad.

If you could give one piece of advice about life, what would it be?

Enjoy & maximize every stage of your life.  It goes by fast and you don’t want to have any regrets or feelings of should have/would have/could have…

What do you find fascinating?

I am fascinated in hearing about the lives, habits, characteristics of people that are the very best in their area of expertise.  Athletes, coaches, educators, business people, entrepreneurs.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and what would you do there?

I would go to Australia for at least a month. I went there for 2 weeks when I was 18 but didn’t get much time to be a tourist.  I would try to take in a much of the country as possible and do as much “stuff” as I could in a month.

Have you ever experienced culture shock? When and how did you deal with it?

Yes. I am Canadian and went to University in Indianapolis, Indiana and was assigned a roommate from Long Island, NY.  It was shock from both the new city and dealing with a “New-Yorker.” It took me a couple of months to get acclimated.  I focused most of my time on lacrosse and school work.

What’s one thing you wish you knew how to do?

Speak another language.

Learn more about Mr. Ward and St. Paul Preparatory Faculty and Staff.


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Nacel Open Door

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