Ryan Prahl

Ryan Prahl

Ryan Prahl • Vibrant People of Elkhart County

Our Vibrant Person for Monday is Ryan Prahl


Here we are in the midst of horse racing’s finest season – when the races of the Triple Crown are run. It is when the best of the best get a chance to show their stuff. It is when the wags and railbirds talk about bloodlines and who in the races are naturals.

We do not want to imply that teaching science to fifth graders is akin to horse racing. For one thing, there is a huge difference between a marathon and a sprint. Like some horses though, a few teachers are true thoroughbreds. They were made to teach. That is definitely true for Ryan Prahl, a teacher at Concord Intermediate School. There is no doubt, being an educator is in his blood.

Ryan knows that kids like those he teaches learn by what they see and hear as well as what they experience. He also knows that learning doesn’t stop when the bell rings. He makes sure that students have a chance to be involved in activities both class-related and beyond the classroom.

Ryan and his wife Jessica (guess what! She’s a teacher too) met while attending Ball State. They have two young children and the Prahl’s are making sure they involved in things like soccer, baseball and Bible school.

It should come as no surprise that many of the Prahl’s close friends are teachers. From time-to-time, they like to let loose and play board games. Ryan does confess, “It can get a little bit wild,” but he is quick to assure us. “It is all in fun.” He thinks it is important to see his colleagues away from school. Remember, teachers are people too.

Like many in his profession, Ryan is probably ready for summer break. Rest assured, when it’s time to get back to the classroom, this man will be ready. “I really love my job. It’s a joy to be at school,” he tells us. “It’s my life.”

If there was ever something like the Triple Crown for teachers, you can bet that Ryan Prahl would be a favorite. He’s a winner.