Mrs. Rya Carpenter
- Counseling and Student Services
- Director of Counseling and Student Services
- 805-967-1266 ext. 104
Where did you attend college and what degree(s) did you earn?San Diego State University, BS in Recreation Administration and California Lutheran University, MS in Counseling and Guidance with Pupil Personnel Services CredentialWhere did you grow up?Born in Goleta, raised in BuelltonWhat classes do you teach/what sports do you coach/what is your role at Bishop?College and Personal Counselor, plus I teach a College Seminar class open to 11th and 12th grade students.Tell us about your familyI'm 4th generation, from Santa Barbara. My great-grandparents arrived in Santa Barbara the week of the stock market crash in 1929, and purchased their home in San Roque for $100.00! I am lucky to be married to Patrick Carpenter, owner of Presidio Enterprises, and have two children, Liam and Mia.What drew you to Bishop?I am drawn to the impact Catholic education has on our community. I find great joy in the undercurrent of how we treat one another. There is an ever-present sense of peace and calm in knowing that everything happens for a reason.What book are you reading, or have you currently read and what is it about?Supergenes by Deepak ChopraIf you could have dinner with anyone past or present, who would it be and why?Harvard University's, Dean of Admissions, William Fitzsimmons. Need I say more?Where would we find you when you are not at work? Where is your favorite place in the world?Home is where the heart is. My favorite place in the world is Big Sur. Give me cloudy, rainy, foggy weather any day! Forest and ocean?! Common...Nothing gets better than that.What is your favorite Bible verse or inspirational quote?Sí, se puedeWho has had the biggest impact on you?My mom has been my rock. She was a single-parent, with limited-income until I was 9. I remember growing up being told that college was never an 'option'. I WAS going to go to college no matter what. I was indeed the first person in my family to earn a 4-year college degree.What advice would you give to a new Bishop student?Volunteer not because we require it for graduation, but because it is the right thing to do. A side benefit is that volunteerism promotes a sense of purpose, fulfillment, meaning, confidence and self-worth.