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Emily Rypkema

I grew up in Durango and this place and its people have shaped who I am and what I do. Living in Durango, you simply cannot deny the draw of the outdoors. Every season brings its own beauty and activity!


I graduated from Fort Lewis College with a major in Biology, and returned after having children to earn my teaching licensure. I am entering my ninth year as an advisor. I walk down the hallways and look at the framed pictures of our graduates and am reminded of the responsibility and pride that comes with this job. I love the creativity of creating projects, the flexibility of being able to meet kids where they are, and the work of guiding the students’ personal, social and emotional growth.