Interview of Rosina Ryan, Ed.D.

Rosina Ryan, La Salle College High School
Lauren De Angelis, La Salle University

The attached transcript is of the first ten minutes of this 80-minute interview.


Rosina Ryan was born in 1947 in Philadelphia. Her father worked as an automotive engineer and belonged to a union in Philadelphia. Her mother worked as a clerk. Rosina attended Ascension Grade School and Little Flower High School, which were all Catholic schools. She attended Chestnut Hill College on a scholarship and majored in Biology. Rosina originally wanted to become a medical doctor, but soon realized that she wanted to teach. Her Bachelor’s degree is from St. Joseph’s University in history. She married Dr. Francis Ryan in 1969 and soon after had three children. She eventually began teaching history, English, and Spanish for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. She also worked for Cherry Hill West High School in New Jersey. It was during this time that she began to pursue her doctorate in Urban Education. Currently, Rosina teaches English at La Salle College High School in Pennsylvania. She is also an adjunct at La Salle University in Philadelphia.