Phone: 651.293.8735 office/651.744.6364 direct classroom
Degrees and Certifications:
Master of Science in Teaching- Elementary Education, UW-Eau Claire; Bachelor of Applied Science- Elementary Education, UM-Duluth
Hello, my name is Tari Hella-Yelk and I am so excited to be part of the 5th grade team as well as the St. Anthony Park School community full of long-standing traditions. This is my twenty-first year of teaching, eighteenth with SPPS, and ninth at St. Anthony Park Elementary.
I grew up in Fargo, ND and currently live in St. Paul with my partner (Art Specialist in SPPS) and two children (8th grade & college freshman). One of our favorite things to do is spend time at Pelican Lake, where I grew up in the summers as a child, and now enjoy with my extended family. I also enjoy reading, biking, stand-up paddleboarding, outdoor photography, kayaking, drinking lattes, walking/running, spending time with friends & family, and writing in my Writer's Notebook.
We are housed on the 2nd floor along with art, ELL Dept. (English Language Learners), math support, Ameri Corps/volunteer coordinator, and 3rd & 4th grade classrooms. Our focus is on academic standards paired with enrichment and specialties of physical education, music, science, and art. We practice social skills through the Responsive Classroom model to build compassionate, engaged, mindful, critical thinkers & learners. We incorporate Culturally Responsive Teaching strategies with the 4 R's, rigor, relevance, realness, and relationships. I believe all children can learn and am honored to part of their journey as lifelong learners.
I look forward to our partnership throughout the year!