About Me

Scan_20170827 (2)Greetings from Black River High School!  Black River Falls is an old river town that traces its roots to 1838 and the arrival of lumbermen from Massachusetts and New York.  Those first settlers encountered the Ho-chunk people who traced their origins to the Green Bay region.  We live with the legacy of that early history today.

2019-20 will be my 41st year of teaching, my 30th at BRFHS. I teach four classes throughout the year:  AP American History, US and Global Politics, Law and Society, and First Nations Studies.  I am also an adjunct instructor with the UW-Green Bay First Nations Studies Department through their CCIHS Program.  In addition, I coordinate the Falls History Project and coach distance runners.  I graduated from West Fargo High School in North Dakota in 1975 and earned a B.A. in History and Coaching Minor from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota in 1979.  I also earned a Master’s Degree from UM-Moorhead in 1985 with an emphasis on American History.  I taught in Appleton High School in Minnesota and West Fargo High School in North Dakota prior to coming to Wisconsin in the fall of 1990.

This page reflects my areas of interest related to history and teaching.  Thanks for the visit and please contact me if you have questions.

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E-Mail:  paul.rykken@brf.org
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