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De Cansler

Workshop Instructors

De Cansler

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.


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