My name is Carman Ryken, and I have always had so many passions in life that it is hard to name them all.
I love to eat and cook new foods, travel to new places, and especially learn new things! A few of the fun things I have learned in my life include dancing, sewing, knitting, tennis, rock climbing, volleyball, Algebra, Calculus, French, gardening and costume making. I am still learning in all these areas, and I don’t claim to be an expert at most, but I really enjoy them all.
I am an expert at Algebra. I was a high school Algebra and Algebra 2 teacher for eight years in California. I always loved math since I was a little kid, but although I always earned good grades, it didn’t always come easily to me: I had to work at it like a puzzle (I also like puzzles). I believe that math can be enjoyable for all students, but I know that it can also be challenging. The trick is to find your way into each problem and work away at it until it is solved. I am very excited to teach the seventh and eighth grade math classes at PFFS. Also, I love math jokes!
I grew up in Berkeley, California and lived in the San Francisco Bay area until I moved to Tucson three years ago. I live with my husband, who is also an educator, my two sons who are 10 and 14, and our two cats. My family and I love to travel. I have been very lucky that I have had opportunities to travel to the East Coast, Mexico, Costa Rica, Honduras, England, Spain, Italy, Greece and France.
In Tucson before working full time at PFFS, I had been working on a organic, biodynamic farm on River Road, and I have learned a great deal about growing and eating vegetables. A few of my favorites are kale (pictured left), beets and eggplant. Besides teaching math and farming, I have also been a Volleyball coach, a French teacher, a costume maker, and of course a Mom. I told you I liked a lot of different things!
I am so excited to be a part of the community here at PFFS. I am really looking forward to learning many new things with my colleagues and students this year.