Mr. Gardner



Degrees and Certifications:

B.A Psychology - Saint John's University

Mr. Gardner

Hey there! I'm excited to be teaching 4th grade this year with Michele VanKampen. This is my second year in Saint Paul Public Schools, and my first at Saint Paul Music Academy. I am currently pursuing a masters degree in elementary education as a SUTR resident (St. Paul Urban Teaching Residency) in partnership with the University of Saint Thomas.


My career in education began as a counselor and wilderness guide in the Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness. That experience, along with many others, has propelled a passion to help students learn and give them the tools to do good in the world. I look forward to teaching and learning with our students for the next year!


If you'd like to get in touch with me, please feel free to contact me via email at 

  • Around the school, you may hear my 4th graders chanting the following:


    "I am a peacemaker. I treat myself and others with respect. I listen. I share. I care for the earth, air, water,plants and animals. I am important to this very big world. I know...Peace begins with me"

View of Basswood Lake in the Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness