Nicole Gehler with Teacher Candidate Rose O'Brien

Welcome to room 108!  I am excited to start a new year with my wonderful 1st grade students!

I began teaching at Marcy Open School in Fall 2009 right after I completed my student teaching experience at Marcy. I have a Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education and Child Psychology and a Masters degree in Early Childhood Special Education, both from the University of Minnesota. I have a birth-grade 3 regular education teaching license and a birth-age 6 special education license.

Minneapolis is home now, but I grew up a die-hard Packer fan in Spring Green, Wisconsin. I thoroughly enjoy sitting with a good book, hot yoga, cooking, and spending time with my husband and two-year-old son. 

My hope and dream is for my students to develop a growth mindset, do work they are proud of, and learn to take care of each other as a community. I truly believe the social curriculum is what creates a child's ability to succeed in an academic environment. I am passionate about teaching the whole child while getting to know your child's personal learning style. In a safe environment students are comfortable to make mistakes, gain stamina, and show effort within rigorous academics. Students in our classroom learn to cooperate, assert themselves, take responsibility, use self-control, and show empathy. We encourage kindness, tolerance, inclusion, and peace. We are going to have a great year!

I look forward to building relationships with your children to help them learn and grow this school year!

Please click on the links to the right to find out more information about our classroom. 



Rose O'Brien: Teacher candidate
Hello! My name is Rose O’Brien and I am so excited to be student teaching at Marcy this upcoming school year. I will be completing the University of Minnesota’s Initial Licensure and M.Ed program for Early Childhood Education and receiving a license in both Early Childhood and Elementary Education. 
I graduated in 2016 with a Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education (also from the U) and have since worked at Head Start and the University of Minnesota’s Child Development Center. All in all I have worked in preschools for the past 7 years, I have loved it but I am so excited to make the jump into elementary! 
In my free time I love going on walks or runs with my dog Ada and settling down with a good book.
I love watching young learners grow, and getting to know their unique and wonderful personalities. I can’t wait for what this school year will bring.