About Me

Dr. Ryan Zonnefeld

Dr. Ryan Zonnefeld
Professor of Education

Phone: (712) 722-6225
Email: ryanz@dordt.edu

I had the privilege of joining the Dordt College education department faculty in 2009. In my years at Dordt, I have taught a number of undergraduate courses including Introduction to Education, Methods of Teaching Mathematics, Applied Educational Psychology, and Kingdom Identity Calling. I have also taught graduate courses in Foundations of Educational Leadership and Collaborative Leadership.

I currently serve as the  Education Department Chair, Director of the Teacher Preparation Program, Division Chair of Education & Human Sciences, and co-chair the Assessment & Program Review Committee. My areas of interest include educational leadership, school board effectiveness, and elementary/middle school education. I live in Sioux Center with my wife, Valorie, a mathematics professor at Dordt College, and our three children.

Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Educational Leadership, Iowa State University, 2009.
M.A. in Educational Administration (Elementary), University of South Dakota, 2001.
B.A. in Elementary Education and K-12 Choral/Instrumental Music Education, Dordt College, 1997.

Three years college teaching experience at Northwestern College in Orange City, IA.
Nine years of teaching and administrative experience in elementary and middle school settings.