Mrs. Ryynanen

2017-2018 School Year

About me:

I am originally from Hancock, but currently live south of Houghton. After graduating from high school, I ventured out of the Copper Country as a Rotary exchange student in Bethune, France for a year. This opportunity not only taught me another language and culture, but about people and the world. 

Upon returning to the U.S., my learning continued. I graduated from The University of Michigan in 2002 with a Bachelor's degree in English. I also studied foreign languages and Art History. During my time in college, I studied hard, had a part-time job, but also tried to attend as many football games as possible. I spent my summers both traveling and working. I also did an internship at an off-off-Broadway theater in Manhattan one summer. 

After graduating from U of M, I moved to Jackson Hole, WY with my husband Chad (an HHS alum), where I worked as a ski instructor and restaurant assistant manager. We spent two years out west before moving back home. 

It didn't take me long to realize that I wanted to go back to school to fulfill my dreams of becoming a teacher. I began attending Michigan Tech where I earned my teaching certificate in English and Biology. I am currently pursuing my Master's degree in English with a specialty in pedagogy from Northern Michigan University. I plan to graduate next year.

Outside of the classroom, I try to be involved in the community. In 2015, I co-founded Right Start UP, a non-profit organization that aims to promote the healthy physical and psychological development of children and families in our community.

I started teaching at Houghton in January of 2009, and currently teach English 12 and AP English Literature and AP English Language. I am the co-director of the Writing Center, the Journalism Club adviser, and the assistant golf coach. 

My husband Chad and I have two girls, Margot (6), and Tessa (3). They are awesome. We love our "home days," when we can all be together as a family.

Besides spending time with my family, I enjoy golfing, downhill skiing, gardening, being outdoors, crossword puzzles, and needless to say...reading and writing for myself!  Although I do not travel as much as I used to, I continue to learn more about the world and humanity through literature, my students, and the eyes of my children.  

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