Janelle Medders

Toddler Lead Teacher

Ms. Janelle Medders is the Lead Teacher of Toddler Classroom 5. She has been a part of the Desert Garden Community since 1999, working as a late day assistant in primary, an assistant teacher, and finally a lead teacher. She received her infant-toddler training from the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies in 2002 under the direction of Virginia Hennes and Donahue Shortridge. Janelle discovered her love for the toddler classroom after taking on a long-term subbing position her first year at Desert Garden. She grew up in Ahwatukee, which she still calls home, and where she and her husband raise their three children and their dog.