Degrees and Certifications:

Mr. Zachary Ostrand (Mr. Z)

Hey there! My name is Zachary Ostrand and this will be my 13th year as a public educator (Just kidding, it's my 3rd year but I promise I'm good!). I graduated from NAU and did my student teaching in Flagstaff. I wanted to give back to the community that raised me so I moved back to the Valley, where I grew up.

I co-teach Algebra I-II, World History and Algebra Applications. Additionally, I teach Transition Explorations, a class in its 3rd year here at Ridge. The Transition Exploration course guides students through not only surviving high school, but thriving within it as well! The course divulges study, test-taking, note-taking, time management, self-reflection and much more! My hobbies include: writing IEPs, hanging out with my hedgehog (his name is Ricky), watching the New York Rangers, listening to podcasts and long walks to the beach. You may have seen me while dropping off/picking up your student, I'm the guy riding his bike to and from school (yes, I'm aware that the helmet makes me look dorky, but I'm trying to set a good example for the kids!). If you see me, feel free to wave hello! If I recognize you I'll return a wave or peace sign :) if I don't recognize you, I'll probably just pedal faster. Feel free to browse the photo gallery for a plethora of pictures of Ricky.


Office hours are available by appointment only during the online portion of learning this year, will be updated as applicable.


My e-mail is - This is the best way to reach me! :)