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SPOTLIGHT Mr. Cunningham! PEOPLE POWER Ryan Cu n n in gh am is a w elcom e addit ion t o t h e Doh er t y M iddle Sch ool com m u n it y. In 2019, Ryan su ccessf u lly lau n ch ed t h e m iddle sch ool BRIDGE pr ogr am , w h ich su ppor t s st u den t s w it h au t ism . Ryan an d h is t eam of in st r u ct ion al assist an t s pr ovide t h eir st u den t s w it h a sm aller -class lear n in g en vir on m en t w h ile pr ovidin g in clu sion oppor t u n it ies em bedded t h r ou gh ou t t h e day. Ryan com es t o u s w it h a back gr ou n d in Reh abilit at ion an d Disabilit ies an d h olds h is M ast er 's in Special Edu cat ion w it h a specializat ion in sever e special n eeds. Bef or e becom in g a lead t each er , Ryan w or k ed f or m an y year s as an in st r u ct ion al assist an t , w h ich led h im t o h is cu r r en t car eer pat h . Ou t side of sch ool, Ryan en joys spen din g t im e w it h h is dog Addy, h ik in g, an d playin g spor t s su ch as h ock ey an d volleyball. Con gr at u lat ion s t o Ryan , w h o plan s t o be m ar r ied on Au gu st 29, 2020! Edu cat ion al Back gr ou n d Spr in gf ield College ?12 - Reh abilit at ion an d Disabilit ies St u dies; M in or -Deaf St u dies Baypat h Un iver sit y ?18 M ast er s in Special Edu cat ion Edu cat ion al Exper ien ce Secon d year t each in g. Has w or k ed in t h is f ield f or over 8 year s, as su ppor t st af f an d t each er .