'We Can Help Students Think About Who They Are and Who They Are Becoming'

5 Minutes With a Female Education Professor Who Is Often Mistaken for a Man 1

Courtesy Amy Ryken

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Courtesy Amy Ryken

Throughout her life, Amy E. Ryken has been asked a version of the same question over and over: Are you a boy or a girl? Ms. Ryken, who worked as a schoolteacher for nearly 15 years and is now an associate professor of education at the University of Puget Sound, wanted to use questions she got from schoolchildren to help undergraduates who are training to be teachers deal with issues of gender identity in the classroom. So she's published a short, spiral-bound book called Are You a Boy or