Welcome to Classroom 5!

Dear Classroom 5 Families,

Welcome! My name is Janelle Medders and if you’re reading this, it means that you’ve joined our Classroom 5 family. We are so happy you have chosen Desert Garden and are looking forward to what educational journey your child will create for themselves. Montessori is such a wonderful balance of cooperation and creativity. Watching your little ones explore this world is what I live for and the reason I’ve been here for over 2 decades. My husband and I have raised our 3 children in this place and credit all of their wonderful attributes to the community around them.

Desert Garden means so much to me and I am blessed to still be making memories with families all these years later.

During the school year, our classroom intermingled with the other toddler classroom on campus. We will continue to combine with Classroom 6 during play time because we consider ourselves one large family. We will still be distancing from other programs until we have more confirmation that co-mingling will not result in closures of our classroom above what may be needed. The health and safety of our children and staff is our main priority.

As our drop off protocol will remain the same, it may be difficult for you and I to connect in person. If you would like to connect with me, please email me anytime at jmedders@desertgardenmontessori.org. In order for us to serve your child during the school day, please allow for a 24-hour turnaround time for an email response. Please also keep an eye on Transparent Classroom and the Classroom 5 page on our website for additional updates on our communication systems.

Please join us for our upcoming Open House/Meet the Teacher night as well as our first community event, the Ice Cream Social.

August 6th Open House/Meet the Teacher (ALL Families & Students)

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM Online via Zoom

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM In-person in Classrooms


4:15 PM – 6:00 PM

I am looking forward to serving your child!


Ms. Janelle