After graduating from Northwestern High School, Ryan and Katie Beth went to college to begin their journey toward becoming educators. Ryan earned a Bachelor of Music with emphasis in Music Education and Trombone Performance from the University of South Carolina. He continued his studies by earning a Master of Music in Wind Conducting from the University of South Florida. Katie Beth attended Erskine College, earning a degree in Mathematics and Secondary Education. Ryan and Katie Beth were high-school sweethearts at NHS, married in 2009, and both returned to their alma mater as teachers. The Tinkers live in Rock Hill, SC and have one son, Callan.