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Mission Statement

The Montana Learning Center at Canyon Ferry Lake provides and promotes quality immersion experiences for all in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in a unique lakeside environment.

Vision Statement

The MLC is the Montana center for STEM learning and teaching which expands and extends the traditional education provided by school curricula and state or federal mandates.  MLC assists in building a world in which students and adults, particularly teachers, use STEM understandings to:

* problem solve

* implement processes of discovery and inquiry

* inspire others to wonder about and appreciate our natural world

* stimulate a life-long learning process.

Montana Learning Center Announces Ryan Hannahoe as Executive Director

Photo by Montana State University News Service/Kelly Gorham

Helena, MT - The Montana Learning Center at Canyon Ferry Lake is pleased to announce the appointment of Ryan Hannahoe, an award-winning science teacher from Clancy School, as its new Executive Director. The Montana Learning Center (MLC) provides and promotes education in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM).

Ryan teaches middle school science at Clancy School and has a long history in Montana helping at the MLC prior to becoming its Executive Director. The Montana Science Teachers’ Association recently honored Ryan as the 2016/2017 Distinguished Educator for Middle School Science. Ryan excites his students about learning, and aims to instill a life-long passion for learning in others. 

Prior to teaching, Ryan worked for National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) through Montana State University-Bozeman where he trained teachers and students about space science. His work includes time spent on the James Webb Space Telescope mission - the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope. He was named a John C. Mather Nobel Scholar for his efforts in education and public outreach at the NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center. Ryan has contributed to educational content for NASA and the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum.

Ryan came to MLC in 2013 and began leading the group’s summer educational camps for kids.  He was responsible for obtaining funding for courses, as well as hosting developmental programs for teachers involved with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), called “STEM in the Rockies” and “Springtime in the Rockies.”

MLC Board of Directors Co-chair, Walt Woolbaugh, has worked with Ryan for the last 12 years, "it is exciting to have Ryan's leadership at the Montana Learning Center. We look forward to a strong future as a leader of STEAM education in Montana, and Ryan is the right person to help us achieve our mission."  Julie Schultz, MLC Board of Directors Co-chair, adds "given his proven dedication to nurturing young minds and supporting continuing education for teachers, Ryan is the epitome of what we want in an Executive Director."


Montana Learning Center at Canyon Ferry Lake is a non-profit organization providing educational enrichment through critical thinking with the goal to inspire our next generation to do extraordinary things for the betterment of society. The MLC has proudly been serving students and teachers since 1984.