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Ms. Melanie Traxler
Welcome to 5th Grade! I am Melanie Traxler, and I am so excited to be your child’s teacher this year!
As we enter the 2021-22 school year, we have all been changed by our recent experiences, including the pandemic, distance learning, awareness of racial injustice, and the impacts of our changing climate. Everyone has been impacted in different ways, and everyone will have different needs for feeling safe, supported, and ready to learn. We will take the time needed to get to know each other, get used to being back in school, and build our classroom community so that everyone has an amazing, fun and successful fifth grade year!
Fifth grade is a time of importance for peer relationships, collaboration and cooperation, lots of social interactions and sharing of ideas, independent thinking and learning, analyzing academic material at a deeper level, and a capacity for deepening empathy through perspective-taking of multiple points of view. Fifth graders can be amazingly profound, and it is exciting to see them beginning to develop their personal identities.
I live in St. Louis Park with my husband, my stepson, and our very cute dog. We love exploring national parks and we have been on adventures to many beautiful parks together. I also love to ride my bike, hike, spend time outdoors, hang out with friends and family, go on walks with my dog, birdwatch, read, paint, and I just started a pollinator garden. I don’t know how a monarch found my tiny garden, but I am watching a monarch caterpillar chomp on milkweed and grow every day!
My educational background is as diverse as my teaching and learning interests. I have a B.S. and M.S. in Biology, and an M.Ed. in Education. I have taught college biology students in Lincoln, NE, middle school science and math in Chicago, and elementary students in grades 2-5 in Urbana, IL and St. Paul, MN. I was also a K-6 science specialist in SPPS. I am an enthusiastic learner myself, and one of my favorite parts of my job is helping to spark students’ curiosity and passion for learning. I look forward to getting to know all of our families and collaborating with you on your children’s academic and social growth!