Our Faculty

Rana Ryan

Classroom Support Personnel


At WES Since: 2022

What is your teaching philosophy?
Every child has the natural need to express themselves in their own way and in their own style. I am passionate about giving children the skills and the atmosphere where they can be free to express themselves and their imaginations through painting on canvas. The joy and satisfaction they experience is extraordinary for their growth and development in all areas of their lives.

Why did you choose to work at WES?
I have always been a fan of WES. Five years ago, I began as a substitute teacher, supporting the school in areas ranging from PK3 through Grade 5, plus French, music, and art. I am thrilled to join the full-time faculty, focused on Early Childhood.

I am married and have three adult children. I graduated from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Communications with a bachelor of science degree in advertising. My elementary school years were in Beirut, Lebanon, my middle school years were in London, and my high school years were in Athens, Greece. Following my graduation from college, I have lived in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland. I have lived in Bethesda since 2013. I am an award-winning artist, specializing in acrylic and watercolor paintings. I am fluent in English, French, and Arabic. I love boating, traveling across the United States and Europe, and spending time with family, which includes two King Charles Cavalier Spaniels, Rusty and Rose.