Pennsylvania Institute of Health and Technology business instructor Ryan Langley’s favorite part of his job is the students.
“I always try to create a positive, respectful, and productive learning environment, which they seem to flourish in,” Ryan said. “I enjoy working with them every day and learning the best ways to approach teaching them; by simply listening to their concerns I believe their feedback has made me a better instructor. It is very exciting for me to be able to have a positive influence on a student’s life.
“Many students are capable of anything they put their minds to; some just need the confidence boost or support to reach it. I have always loved hearing the students personal experiences, and applying them to my lectures.”
Ryan and his wife are expecting their first child soon, and the students’ love and support has been “overwhelming.”
“It truly feels good to be genuinely appreciated for the hard work that you invest in them, and I can’t picture myself doing anything else,” Ryan said.
Ryan’s job as a business instructor is to create, develop and deliver all material for each business and accounting course. He is responsible for maintaining a positive and respectful learning environment in order to maintain retention. He also keeps office hours open to maintain an open line of communication with students to ensure all of their questions are answered.
He also holds the online liaison position, in which he is responsible for creating awareness of the school’s online programs, including scheduling students, providing them with an online orientation and maintaining retention. He also creates, develops and delivers online business courses through West Virginia Junior College.
Ryan is also responsible for all of the school’s social media activities. You can follow OVCT’s Twitter account @TweetPIHT.
In Ryan’s free time, he plays guitar, bass, drums, piano, harmonica and mandolin.
“I have been playing music for over 17 years and have played in a variety of bands such blues, jazz, rock, punk, and country,” Ryan said. “I have done sessions on several recordings of local artists and have opened for acts such as Loretta Lynn, Joe Nichols, Teri Clark, Darius Rucker, Luke Bryan and others. My next venture is to build my own home studio and to share the love of music with my daughter.”
When Ryan isn’t playing music or cheering on Pittsburgh sports teams (“Yes, even the Pirates.”), he enjoys playing older video games like Super Mario Bros. 3 and Tetris, or newer games like the Madden NFL series on PS3.
Ryan also has a three-year-old pug named Greta.
“She loves to lay with me on the couch while watching TV,” he said. “We love her like a child and treat her as such.”
Ryan stresses that he is always available for students when they need help.
“If you’re a student I am a very approachable guy; do not hesitate to ask for any help!” he said.
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