John Riley
Mr. John Riley

Phone: 317-226-4108


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, The Citadel Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (with Space Systems Engineering), Naval Postgraduate School Transition to Teacher, Indiana Wesleyan University Licensed to Teach Mathematics, Physics and Earth/Space Science

Mr. John Riley

I grew up on the East Side of Indianapolis. After high school, I attended the Citadel in Charleston, SC on a Navy ROTC scholarship. I received my bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and was commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy. During ten years of active duty in the Navy, I attended the Naval Postgraduate School and received a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering (with Space Systems Engineering). After leaving the Navy, I spent several years in engineering and management. In 2004, I resigned as a senior IT manager at the Indianapolis Star in order to pursue a teaching career. I completed a transition-to-teacher program in mathematics, physics and earth/space science.

I then completed eight years teaching mathematics and science at Scecina Memorial High School. I am a musician, recently retiring from the 38th Infantry National Guard Band. I am now teaching mathematics at Shortridge High School.  After 14 years teaching math and science, I now also do workshops in modern math methods and work with teachers around central indiana to develop project-based math classrooms.  I may also be seen coaching Academic Super Bowl, helping out with music programs or playing guitar and singing with the students.