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.
Mrs. Cowen was born and raised in Tucson, only moving away to receive her Bachelors in Music from Northern Arizona University. Mrs. Cowen joined the Carden team in the 2013-2014 school year as a Teacher’s Aide in the 1st grade classroom. She fell in love with the teaching profession and is now currently working towards her Masters degree in Elementary Education through NAU's Tucson campus. It is her goal to make sure each student receives quality attention and support.
Ms. Nichols holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Science, K-12 Teaching Certification from University of Arizona. She joined Carden of Tucson Staff in 1999 as the Health Science, Physical Education, Art Teacher, and PTO member. In 2003, Ms. Nichols began an extensive journey in Health Sciences, Therapeutic Massage Certification, Language Arts, and Structured English Immersion Training. Returning in 2010 to Carden as Kindergarten Assistant and Substitute Teacher K-8. She is in her third year as 2nd Grade Primary Teacher. She thrives in teaching Math and Language Arts. Her gift is motivating others to pursue their dreams!
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!"
Mrs. Curtis is excited to join Carden as the 4th grade teacher! She is originally from Baltimore, Maryland. Her family moved to Arizona when she was in high school but she still misses the green of the east coast! Mrs. Curtis graduated from Brigham Young University with her Bachelor degree in English and American Literature in April 2013. She loves to read and spend time with her family. She is the mother of 3 children and grandmother of 2 adorable and beautiful little girls.
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.
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. Davidson is excited to join the Carden Family as the middle school Social Studies teacher and 7th grade homeroom teacher! She is a recent graduate from the University of Arizona with a double major Bachelor's degree in History and Religious Studies (2013) and a Master's Degree in Secondary Education (2014), making her a highly qualified teacher. Before joining Carden, Ms. Davidson worked with 2nd and 3rd grade aftercare at Tucson Country Day School in Tucson, AZ, and with 2nd-8th graders at Keats Camps in Vancouver, Canada. She also currently volunteers her time with the youth group at her home church. Ms. Davidson loves history and reading, and is very excited to be teaching at Carden of Tucson.
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.
Ms. Jones grew up in Southern California and has made Tucson her home since 2009. She has been at Carden since 2010. She began her career in education in 2008 as an English conversational instructor and Music and Creative Movement teacher in Okinawa, Japan for 18 months working with students ages 2 years through adult. When she returned to the States she began working as a teacher’s aide and before and after school care teacher. It was shortly after that she made the decision to obtain her Bachelor’s in Special Education to become a certified teacher.
During the years that she attended Western Governor’s University she has served at Carden as a Special Education teaching assistant, first grade aide, and Kindergarten aide as well as filling in occasionally as a substitute for all grades. This experience, while being concurrently enrolled in her Teacher College program, has given her hands on training in the teaching profession as well as seeing the Carden Method modeled for her by all the Carden of Tucson teachers. She graduated in 2015 and holds highly qualified certification in both General Education and Special Education.
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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 2010 after also 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, Lifeguard, and Coaching certification.
Coach Henricks’ goals are to provide a physical education program in which students are encouraged to learn about health and fitness, the importance of team building, sports skills and strategy. Coach Hendricks is also responsible for the extra curricular sports opportunities through in the CAA (Canyon Athletic Association ). Basketball, Volleyball, Cross Country and Track and Field are the main sports at Carden. Carden has won twelve State awards in the CAA and four State Championships. Coach Hendricks was the 2014-2015 Coach of the Year in Boys Track.