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

Ms. Hella-Yelk

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 of learners. This is my twenty-third year of teaching, twenty with SPPS, and eleventh 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 (high school sophomore & college junior). 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, 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 the ELL Dept. (English Language Learners), art, math intervention, and 3rd & 4th-grade classrooms. Our focus is on academic standards paired with enrichment and specialties of art, physical education, music, and science. 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 learn and am honored to part of their journey as lifelong learners.  

I look forward to our partnership throughout the year!