Phone: 651-744-8369


Degrees and Certifications:

BS, Biology - 2009 MA, Education - 2013

Mrs. Appel

I have been teaching science at Farnsworth since 2012, and I started teaching engineering and aerospace classes in 2013.

I received a Bachelors in Science (Biology) in 2009 and a Masters in Education in 2013, both from the University of Minnesota. Although I attended college in Minnesota, I grew up in Wisconsin, just north of Milwaukee.

My husband and I have lived in Saint Paul since 2011, and we enjoy the city very much. Our daughter Esther was born in July of 2016, and we are enjoying our time with her! When I'm not in the classroom over the summer, I enjoy riding my bike, going on walks, working outside in the yard, doing various house projects, going camping, and eating tasty food at the Minnesota State Fair!

Science - 5th Grade

Students learn how to perform experiments and collect data, how organisms survive in their environments, how forces affect motion, how erosion and weathering affect and change the Earth, and how humans mine, refine, and use renewable and nonrenewable resources. Throughout each unit, students develop skills in making observations, collecting and analyzing data, and making claims supported by evidence.

Aerospace II - 6th Grade

Students learn about the history of rockets and the space program, and they will create solutions to aerospace-themed engineering design challenges. These challenges reinforce the skills of data collection, making conclusions through the use of claims and evidence, and problem-solving as they work through the engineering design process. Students will be engaged in activities, projects, and lessons that will help them better understand engineering, our space program, and space flight. If/When we return to in-person learning this school year, students will also have a robotics unit with a space-themed engineering design challenge.


Automation & Robotics - 8th Grade

Students will learn about careers and education needed to work in engineering related jobs, how and where robots are used (including the aerospace industry), various gears and mechanisms used in mechanical systems/machines, and basics of programming. Students will also use the VEX robotics equipment to build mechanical systems and begin programming their machines using ROBOTC, a C-based computer programming language. There will be several design challenges throughout the school year to engage students in the engineering design process and to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills.