Mrs. Ryynanen

Welcome to the 2018-2019 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 Biology, German, French, and Art History. During my time in college, I studied hard, had a part-time job, and also tried to attend as many football games as possible. I spent my summers both traveling and working. 

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. In December of 2017, I earned my Master's degree in English-Pedegogy from Northern Michigan University.

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. In January of 2018, we opened a childcare center in Hancock.

I started teaching at Houghton in January of 2009, and currently teach English 12, Drama, and AP English Language and Composition. I am also the Senior class advisor, the co-director of the HHS Writing Center, and the assistant golf coach. 

My husband Chad and I have two girls, Margot (7), and Tessa (4). They are awesome. We love to be together as a family and spend time on Lake Superior.

Besides spending time with my family, I enjoy golfing, downhill skiing, gardening, being outdoors, crossword puzzles, and reading and writing (of course).  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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