Degrees and Certifications:

University of Minnesota - B.A. Elementary Education Minor in Science Education M.A. Elementary Education Hamline University - Urban Teaching Certificate International Baccalaureate - Primary Years Program for Curriculum Instruction

Mr. Knowland


I am so excited for the start of a very unique year of distance learning! 

Here's a little bit about me:

This is my 7th year at Highland Park, but my 14th year in 2nd grade (15th if you count my first time though when I was 8). 

I realized I wanted to be an elementary teacher when I was a senior in high school and I took a class that placed me in a 3rd grade classroom. I instantly fell in love with the process of helping young learners discover more about the world around them. 

I love camping! I am an Eagle scout and spent 12 years of my life camping at least once a month, every month...even in the winter.... even when it was -40!

I graduated from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, and a minor in Science education for grades K-8. I returned to the University of Minnesota to complete my Masters Degree in Elementary education and also earned a Masters certificate in Urban Education from Hamline University. 

During the summer I am either working on home projects or driving around the country. I have visited 49 states (Louisiana is my last state to visit) and 8 territories of Canada. I also spend most of my summers doing Daddy Daycare for my son Marco. We like to go to the Minnesota Zoo bike, rides along the river and playing at the parks.

I am looking forward to another great year in 2nd grade!

If you want to check out all the videos of me reading our daily books check out my youtube channel: Mr Knowland Youtube


Please feel free to contact me with an questions / comments / concerns.

James Knowland