Nicole Commons


      y name is Nicole Commons and I teach first through third grade in the Candelaria classroom. I graduated from SDSU with a B.S. in Telecommunications and Film Production.  I worked in the Film industry for many years and then decided that I wanted to share that knowledge with children.  I worked with a couple of non-profit groups that went into inner-city schools and taught video and films skills to students.  I really enjoyed it and decided that I wanted to be in a classroom full time.   I studied at Sierra Nevada College and got my teaching license, and I am currently working on my master’s in Education. I love working with children and guiding them toward their individual interests.   I enjoy seeing the multi-age classroom function with the older children helping the younger children in their learning journeys.



Help Lower Elementary reach their $9,000 goal to complete a year-round greenhouse to teach students botany through hands on experience.


"The lower elementary greenhouse project came about to make sure students in grades one, two and three had an enclosed, safe place to learn botany by raising fish and growing organic vegetables," said Nicole Commons, teacher of the Candelaria Classroom. "The idea started with our third grade students who wanted to learn how to grow food sustainably and counsciously. To kickstart the project the students approached the High Desert Montessori School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). The PTO loved the idea and got the project started."


Nicole and her husband Hans began building the greenhouse in their driveway. Over the summer the greenhouse skeleton was moved to an area just outside the HDMS lower elementary classroom. Once on site, the greenhouse foundation and six aquaponic tanks were installed.


The next step is to raise $9,000 to complete the project. Plumbing and irrigation for the aquaponic tanks needs to be purchased and installed. Double walled polycarbonate sheathing, flooring, a pump, volcanic gravel and pots, seed, fish and soil also need to be purchased. The final stage of the project will install computer sensors, and automatic pond feeder and a thermal dampening system.


"At High Desert Montessori School we are teaching our students ecoliteracy, to learn the skills of the future and to learn different ways to grow organic food sustainably and consciously through hands on gardening. The lower elementary greenhouse will help make this vision a reality." Nicely put Nicole! And thank you for your dedication to ecoliteracy for all age groups.


To help the students finish the lower elementary greenhouse, please donate at the button above. Every little bit helps.




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2590 Orovada St.

Reno, NV 89512

Tel: +775-624-2800