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Ryan Burns

You could ask Ryan Burns not to be smart with you, but that would pretty much be impossible. The affable, endearingly shy guy is a high school English teacher who is also pursuing his PhD at URI in …

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You could ask Ryan Burns not to be smart with you, but that would pretty much be impossible. The affable, endearingly shy guy is a high school English teacher who is also pursuing his PhD at URI in education – which, if you’re counting, he’ll have before he turns 30. “I am most passionate about my education, but also about the education of others,” Ryan says. “The majority of my time is spent teaching as well as learning. I am a reflective individual and my desire to know and understand more about myself, others and the world around me is nowhere near satisfied. I will always be a teacher and a student.”

He’s looking for the right guy, who will join in that discovery, but will also help push him along. “As much as I like to think that I am an ‘out of the box’ individual, I find myself sticking to my comfort zone more often than not,” Ryan explains. “I enjoy trying new things, so I’m looking for someone who can offer that extra push into the great unknown.”

So far, the great unknown has taken him all over the world, most recently to Ireland and England. Ryan also taught in Australia for a semester. “I can’t wait to return there and experience the sites I was unable to see. My ideal partner would need to have his passport. If you’re afraid to fly, you’re not my guy!” However, as much as he loves exploring the world, Ryan explains, “I strongly believe in the beauty of local, everyday pleasures that often go unnoticed.”

If Ryan sounds impressive, well, he is – but not in an intimidating way. In his nomination, his friend says, “He is completely charming, engaging, smart and funny.” Ryan loves having fun with a small, inimate group of friends. “We’re the loud group requesting music videos and songs at the bar, due in part to my instigation. There’s nothing better to end a long work week than endless laughs with friends.” He’s looking for his ideal partner to value that balance, too. “While I take my career seriously, it’s important to know when to take a step back, reflect and enjoy the moment.”