De Cansler has been teaching 7th grade science at Willow Creek Middle School in Rochester, MN for over 30 years. She has been using monarchs for many years as a focal organism in her classroom to teach observation skills, journaling, microscope use, technical drawing, metric measurement, data collection, graphing, experimental design, conservation, and myriad other content and process topics of a standard 7th grade life science class. Each student raises a monarch from an egg they receive the second day of school. Approximately 10 years ago, Master Gardener Joan Woxland worked with De and her students to plan and plant a schoolyard butterfly garden. Although De plans to continue to be a lifelong learner and teacher, she is delighted to report that she has officially “retired” as of June 15, 2010.