Meet Rupa

April 13, 2019


Who am I?

Rupa Ryan Kryzer, Program Support Specialist at the University of St.

Thomas Child Development Center. I was a student worker for most of

undergrad years and I had the good fortune to find my way back here

almost ten years later! I am also a graduate student at St. Catherine

University in the Holistic Health Program. Currently, I am working with a

team on our dissertation centered around what play means in the lives of

adults. I am enjoying the process of discovery through my work and



What aspect of the Educaring® Approach resonates with you the


I appreciate how this approach has shown me how to slow down! Children

will always communicate what they are in most need of through their

words or their actions. It’s up to us caregivers to give a child time to

respond to a question or space to observe what they are doing in order to

assist. My colleagues have shown me how developing a friendship with

the children in my care really helps foster our relationships. It’s not about

caving in to their desires, but more about asking myself, “How I would help

a friend in need?”


What are you most grateful for?

So many things! My wife, Carly! She has taught me about living my best

life by reminding me to take time to play. For our honeymoon in 2016, we

quit our jobs to hike the Oregon section of the Pacific Crest Trail-45 nights

in a tent! Within that journey, I learned that so many things are possible

and that I am the only one setting limitations on myself.

What is one thing you do for yourself? Or, what is one thing you

would like to do for yourself?

I’ve gotten really good at prioritizing self-care. It is something I could easily

say that I don’t have time for, working and going to school full time, but

getting the amount of sleep I need every night and working out 3-4 hours a

week both give me fuel to be more present to those I interact with



If your life was a book or song, what would the title be?

Either the song “Get Out the Map” (Indigo Girls) or “Shower the People”

(James Taylor).


What was your favorite book as a child?

Old Turtle, by Douglas Wood and illustrated by Cheng-Khee Chee. There

are so many different ways to connect to God and nature. Through

learning about the diversity around us, I believe we can find common

ground. The illustrations are breathtaking and peaceful.


What teacher inspired you the most? How?

In Sanskrit, there is this concept of guru, or teacher. One of my favorite

vocalists, Krishna Das, says, “All life is guru.” I am constantly inspired

through people and happenings around me!


What three words best describe you?

Energetic, social butterfly and organized.


What is the best question anyone has asked you?

Not to me, specifically, but love the late Mary Oliver’s question, “Tell me, what is it

you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

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