Kindergarten | Kindergarten Blog
Mrs Binkley joined the Carden community in 2002. She was the Kindergarten Aide for two years before becoming the Kindergarten Teacher. She grew up in the White Mountains in a family of educators, being the oldest child in a family of seven. She holds a Bachelors in Child Development and Family Relations from the University of Arizona where she attended on academic scholarship, graduating cum laude. She loves to read and share books with others. She has been both a teacher and director in a preschool setting. She is married to a wonderful man and has two grown daughters. One of her daughters currently is working in Washington, D.C. for the patent office. The other daughter is looking for a job as a paralegal.
First Grade | First Grade Blog
Mrs. Ram has been in the classroom for over fifteen years. She joined the Carden faculty in 1999 as the First grade teacher. She now also serves as the school Special Education Director. She loves learning as well at teaching and has earned hundreds of hours of professional credits through different professional growth courses she has taken. She enjoys teaching, reading, hiking, and spending time with her family. In September, 2011, Mrs. Ram was named one of three finalists for the Arizona Charter Association’s TEACHER OF THE YEAR.
Second Grade | Second Grade Blog
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Third Grade | Third Grade Blog
Mrs Gardner is one of the founding members of Carden of Tucson. She joined the faculty in 1980 except for a few years when her children were young. She has taught most of the grades but the majority of her years have been in Third Grade. Because of this experience She understand how the Carden curriculum develops and interrelates from year to year. She creates a fun and loving feeling in her class where students feel comfortable and are encouraged to learn. Mrs Gardner believes, without a doubt that “Third Grade is the BEST!”
Fourth Grade | Fourth Grade Blog – Ms. Bennon
Ms Bennon, Jr. holds a Bachelors in Family Studies and Human Development and a Masters Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix. She has been in the classroom for over eight years. Ms Bennon, Jr. joined the Carden community in 2002 except for a few years when her children were young. Ms Bennon, Jr enjoys hiking, rock climbing, camping, and reading a good book. She has always know that should would work with children in some way. When she entered the classroom for the first time, she knew teaching was her passion.
Ms Stoner holds a Bachelors of Arts in Elementary Education from the University of Arizona. She joined the Carden Faculty in 1994 as the fifth grade teacher. She loves sports (especially baseball and hockey). She is a member of the Jane Austen Society and loves English literature. She loves to travel and has visited Canada and the most of the United States.
Sixth Grade | Sixth Grade Blog
Mr. Ross joined the Carden Faculty for the 2013-2014 school year. He graduated from Boston University and accepted his first teaching position in Sydney, Australia. When he returned to the U.S., he moved to South Carolina, where he taught school for thirteen year, and received a Masters Degree in Elementary Administration. Mr. Ross then moved on to Florida where he taught for another ten years. In 1999, he returned to his hometown of Boston to take care of his aging parents. He soon moved to Maine where he taught in Portland, Kittery, and Kennebunk. He moved to Tucson in 2003 and continued his teaching career at a few Charter Schools in the area. He lives in the Sabino Canyon area, where he enjoys riding his bicycle, observing nature, and appreciating all the magical beauty of the Southwest. Mr. Ross is thrilled to be teaching at Carden and is always working to find new ways to make learning fun and exciting for his students.
Seventh Grade | Seventh Grade Blog
Mrs. Livingood graduated from Simmons College in Boston, MA with a Bachelors of Arts in Modern European History and Music History. She is currently working on her Masters in Education from the University of Arizona. Mrs. Livingood joined the Carden community in 2007 as a first year teacher and is a highly qualified teacher. She is the seventh grade homeroom teacher and also the middle school Social Studies and French teacher. Mrs. Livingood created the Holocaust curriculum used in the middle grades and sits on the Holocaust Education Task Force through the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona. She is responsible for the Social Studies curriculum K-8 and also the integration of the Common Core Standards.
Eighth Grade | Eighth Grade Blog
Ms Chilton joined the Carden Faculty in 2004 after working ten years in all aspects of the computer industry. She holds Masters Degrees in Anthropology from Arizona State University and Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix. Ms Chilton is the middle school Language Arts and pre-Algebra teacher and the eighth grade homeroom teacher. Ms Chilton has a love of literature, history, and religion. She is a great fan of the outdoors and hiking.
Speech and Language | Speech and Language Blog
Mrs Hunter has been a Speech-Language Pathologist since 1972. She graduated with a BA from Marshall University in West Virginia and then earned a Master’s Degree from Marshall in 1976, she moved to Tucson that same year. She has worked in many different settings and schools, with many students of many different communication needs. Ms. Hunter loves working at Carden of Tucson because the students are interesting and well-mannered, the staff is supportive and well-informed, and the families do so much to help their children be strong students and good citizens. In her spare time she loves being with family and friends, traveling, making baby quilts for friends and family, working as a volunteer in Tucson to promote prevention of drug and alcohol abuse among youth, and exploring technology.
Middle School French
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PE / Health K-4
Coach Hendricks joined the Carden community in 2010 as the kindergarten through 4th grade P.E coach and health teacher. Prior to that he was a part of the leadership team for the after school program provided by Carden. He received his Bachelors in Physical Education from the University of Arizona in 2011, after pursuing educational opportunities through Pima Community College. He has participated in numerous athletic organizations such as AIT (Athletes in Training) and the YMCA. Coach Hendricks was also the assistant coach for the Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind track and field program and also the assistant coach for the Pusch Ridge Christian Academy swim team. He holds a CPR and First Aid certification and also AED, Life Guard, and Coaching certification.
PE / Health 5-8
Mr Bennon received a Bachelors in Science and a Masters in Education from the University of Arizona. He has been a member of the educational community for over forty years. He has taught both Physical Education and Science for middle school students for over 20 years. In 1973, Mr. Bennon was the Western Athletic Conference Men’s Gymnastics Coach of the year. He was also named the NCAA Mid-West Region Men’s Gymnastics Coach of the Year in 1975. Mr. Bennon joined the Carden Faculty in 2000 and is responsible for the rigorous 5th through 8th grade Physical Education program.