3rd Grade Teacher
Kelly Zender is a passionate educator who has taught second through fifth grade at different times throughout her teaching career. She previously taught three years at a public school in Eagan and ten years at a private school in Mahtomedi. Ms. Zender earned her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She then went on to earn her Master's in Education from Hamline University in St. Paul. Ms. Zender truly enjoys learning new ways to meet the needs of all of her students through best practice strategies, incorporating technology, and developing a love of reading within each of her students. She chose to join the team at DaVinci because of the tight knit community with a strong focus on developing the whole child. Her professional goal is to help each child that comes into her classroom grow academically, socially, and emotionally and to help them develop a personal confidence that helps them strive to be a life-long learner.