Scott Ryan, ’97, MAT ’08, has been selected as a Coordinator in the Student Services Department of the Multnomah County Education Service District. Scott has been the principal of the MESD Juvenile Detention Education Program (JDEP) for the past three years. During his tenure as principal, he provided oversight for special education and System Performance Review and Improvement (SPR&I) services to youth in detention, 60% of whom receive special education services. Furthermore, he is responsible for SPR&I compliance for JDEP school provides. He developed a tracking program to ensure federal requirements were being met by students receiving specially designed educational instruction, and he created similar systems for students with 504 plans and ESOL. Scott has presented on JDEP and special education topics to the several education leaders and organizations throughout Oregon as well as at Clemson University’s National Dropout Prevention Network. He began working in education in 2006 as an English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and AVID tutor, and he then became an ESOL case manager and teacher in the PPS and Banks school districts. He received the 2013 National Teacher of the Year award through the Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings. In addition to earning his B.S. in business management and communications and his MAT from Concordia, Scott is a fellow of Georgetown University’s Center for Juvenile Justice Reform, McCourt School of Public Policy. He’s an avid supporter of and foster care parent for animals with special needs. He also loves to travel; favorite destinations include the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, Australia, and the hot springs and lagoons throughout Iceland.