Mrs. Mellenthin

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Mrs. Mellenthin

This is my 14th year teaching life science and I'm excited to get to work with you this year! In addition to teaching I also have 3 kiddos: Isaac 8, Eli 7, and Ainsley 2. I think it's important for kids to experience nature and life first hand. Over the past several years I've worked with other staff and students to establish a school vegetable garden, butterfly garden, and new "pollinator patch" (native prairie area).  Student will maintain and experiment in these spaces throught the year providing us with an opportunity to learn about ecosystem interactions, the diversity of life, and experience countless other "teachable" moments. This same space houses our school composting program where students care for several thousand earthworms that eat our school lunch waste and create fertile soil for our garden. Last winter we also gained a school greenhouse thanks to funding from the Emerson Gold Star Grant. In the spring we experimented with using this greenhouse space to produce plants for our campus and community including hundreds of native milkweed plants for monarch butterflies.  If you ever have questions or want to lend a helping hand with our programs just send me an e-mail!