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”
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?”