Carden Faculty

Mrs. Harris

Kindergarten | Kindergarten Blog

Mrs. Harris came to Carden, first, as a parent in 2013. Two of her boys are currently enrolled, while her oldest has graduated from Carden and moved onto high school. She joined the Carden staff in 2016 as the playground monitor and Office aide and is excited to move into the position of the Kindergarten Teacher. Mrs. Harris holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in family studies and has her Early Childhood Certification.

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Mrs. Cowen

First Grade Teacher | First Grade Blog

Mrs. Cowen

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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 received her Masters degree in Elementary Education in 2015. It is her goal to make sure each student receives quality attention and support, and most importantly, has fun!

Ms. Nichols

Second Grade | Second Grade Blog

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!

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Mrs. Gardner

Third Grade | Third Grade Blog

 

Mrs. Gardner
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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. Busiek

Fourth Grade | Fourth Grade Blog

Mrs. Busiek is originally from Kansas City, Missouri. Her family moved to Tucson about 15 years age. She has 4 dogs. In her free time, she enjoys swimming, traveling and cooking. She has travelled to Paris and much of the United States. Mrs. Busiek has a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and Master's degree in Special Education. Her belief is that building a strong foundation of knowledge and experience is the basis for a successful future. Mrs. Busiek is grateful for the opportunity to learn the Carden curriculum and be a part of an amazing team.

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Ms. Stoner

Fifth Grade | Fifth Grade Blog

Ms. Stoner

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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

Sixth Grade | Sixth Grade Blog

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.

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Mrs. Curtis

Seventh Grade | Seventh Grade Blog

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Mrs. Curtis joined the Carden family as the 4th grade teacher July of 2015. She originally started as a parent of a Carden student when her daughter attended grades 5-8. In 2017 she moved to the middle school as the 7th grade homeroom teacher and English Language Arts teacher. She holds a Bachelor degree in English and American Literature from Brigham Young University and completed her K-8 Teacher Certification with Rio Salado College in May 2017. She is the mother of 3 amazing children and 3 incredibly smart and beautiful princess granddaughters who are the joy of her life. She is originally from Baltimore, Maryland but has called Tucson home for almost 30 years. She loves to read, spend time with her family and she loves to learn new things.

Ms. Chilton

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 USA. Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix and School Administration from GCU. She holds Middle School endorsements in middle school mathematics and language arts. Ms. Chilton is the eighth grade homeroom teacher and teaches middle school social studies and pre-algebra. Ms. Chilton has a love of literature, history and religion. She is a great fan of the outdoors and hiking.

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Ms. Jones

Special Education | Special Education Blog

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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.

Mr. Hendricks

PE / Health K-8

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.

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Mr. Claridge

Music

Mr. Claridge

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Mr. Claridge joined Carden of Tucson in ...