Ryan Stadel '13
“There are so many opportunities to grow here. I feel like with bigger schools you can get lost.” --Ryan Stadel
Ryan Stadel, of Hempfield, Pa., originally wanted to teach math at the high school level, but after a field placement in a seventh grade classroom his first year at Elizabethtown, he learned elementary/middle level math education was more fitting for him. Field placements during each year of study are one of the signature attributes of the education department.
“[The field placement] is what changed my life to begin with. To experience a classroom first-hand is so much different than reading about it. It was an eye-opener,” he said.
Ryan takes part in Moving Forward Together, a service-learning opportunity offered through the Center for Community and Civic Engagement. He and other student volunteers are paired with ninth graders at the Milton Hershey School. Ryan also volunteers with Best Buddies, a program which pairs volunteers with a buddy with intellectual or developmental disabilities.
During his time at E-town, he founded a show choir called Illumina and served on Student Senate, two activities that allowed him to make things happen.
“I love that I give ideas to the school; I never thought I could do things to change a school, but I did,” he said.
Outside of Elizabethtown College, Ryan is active in community theater—and he also is quite the entrepreneur. When he was eight years old, Ryan started a landscaping business; it is now incorporated and has several employees. In fact, Stadel Lawn and Landscaping, Inc.’s success has allowed Ryan to go to college loan-free.
“Everyone is friendly and kind. Everyone knows you by name; the president knows you by name,” he said. “There are so many opportunities to grow here. I feel like with bigger schools you can get lost.”