Ryan Lacson is all about innovation. Throughout his 10-year teaching career, he has developed new methods to help students succeed, emphasizing soft skills and content and helping them see real-world connections to what they learn in the classroom. With this approach, he’s managed to increase the number of students who continue on to post-secondary education.
Lacson has taken that spirit of innovation from the classroom to the volleyball court and collaborated with the Springfield-Greene County Park Board to develop youth volleyball leagues. He’s currently working with Heart of America Volleyball to develop a training method for new volleyball officials. Ryan also recently received the Outstanding Biology Teacher Award for the state of Missouri.
What’s your most treasured possession? My first Starbucks gold card from 2005. The first time I used it was with a fellow Starbucks addict on a first date – who I ended up proposing to three years later in a Starbucks.
What do you miss most about the 1990s? Low gas prices. I remember turning 16 and being able to get gas for 69 cents per gallon.
What about your job would shock people? They would be shocked to see the environments many of our kids go home to every night, and still expect them to be at their best, ready to learn the next day. Coupled with the nonsensical lack of educational innovation over the last several decades, it’s no wonder so many of our students aren’t ready for post-secondary life.
Local medical marijuana dispensaries must find ways to get creative with their marketing in light of industry advertising regulations released this summer by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
Marc Thornsberry, a Senior Engineer at CJW, says he joined the company after working in the public sphere. He says CJW had a ton of experience working with the community, and putting their customer's and clients.
Sandra Smart, a technology and commercialization specialist, shares helpful advice and cautionary tips about the importance of tracking cash flow for new or established businesses. Smart works with tech entrepreneurs and hosts training workshops through the Missouri SBDC at Missouri State University's efactory.
Michael Smith and Chris Sawyer, COO and CEO of Next Level Solutions respectively, discuss how they keep their remote teams and offices in and out of country on the same page. Next Level Solutions was ranked #1 in the Springfield Business Journal's 2021 Dynamic Dozen.
John Oke-Thomas, architect and co-founder of minorities in business, responds to the accusation that minority businesses are only successful because of the priority they have received in lending. He says that if a business uses a loan well, it shows their worth.
Sandra Smart, a technology and commercialization specialist, shares tips for entrepreneurs who are ready to seek funding. Some of her tips apply broadly; some target technology industry businesses. Smart works with tech entrepreneurs and startups, and hosts training workshops through the Missouri SBDC at Missouri State University's efactory.
Hollie Elliott discusses common misconceptions about locating your business in a small town. She says that there are a lot of benefits that people may not consider.
Drawing on his own experience dynamically evolving his company and business model, Jim Meinsen discusses when and how you might need to draw on new technology. Jim and Debbie Meinsen are co-owners of TCI Graphics in Springfield.
John Oke-Thomas, longtime Springfield architect, discusses his philosophy on architecture. He says that future historians will be focused on the sustainability of our contemporary architecture.
Erin Hedlun, director of marketing and communications at Evangel University, says compassion is an important job skill. Hedlun says it is a component of what makes a leader.
Rachel Barks, owner of Artistree Pottery, talks about the concepting that went behind the aesthetic of the business.