Welcome! My name is Nick Schmitz and I am a Life Science Teacher at Dakota Meadows. Before coming to Mankato I taught Life, Earth and Environmental Science in Medford, MN & Garrison, ND. Prior to becoming a teacher I worked as a Landuse Economist for the University of Nebraska and was an Exploration Geologist for the Falkirk Mine in western ND. I am excited to be back in my hometown of Mankato where I graduated from Mankato West in 2003. I have a Bachelors in Natural Resources with minors in Soils and Geology from North Dakota State University, a Master of Arts in Economics from the University of Nebraska and Master of Arts in Teaching from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
In my free time I like to go camping, rock climbing and canoeing. Some of my favorite places include the Boundary Waters (Pic Above) and the Blue Earth River. I also live on a small farm near Lake Crystal raising cattle, chickens and pigs. One of my favorite hobbies at home is racing homing pigeons. Here are some baby calves from my farm.
Science and school in general is all about learning, not about grades. In fact I believe that grades should only measure learning even if it takes a student longer or more practice to get there. That is why all students and parents should read the fact sheet below; because science might look a little different than other classes.
Please feel free to contact me: email@example.com (Anytime) or 507-207-3243 (7:45AM - 3:35PM)