Leading with Passion
Open House

There is a thirst and a hunger on the Northside of Minneapolis for the advancement of children. The charge is great; the gain is greater. It has been an honor to serve as a teacher, an assistant principal, and as a principal in this community where my earliest memories of childhood exist. I consider it an honor to be given the opportunity to sustain and build upon the work of advancing our children here at Laney. May we never tire of quenching that thirst or feeding that


I did not expect to be a teacher.  My dream in life was to cover the stories of the world through print journalism.  Becoming a young mom changed my focus and a short time later, rather than covering guerilla warfare in Central America, I found myself standing in front of a room full of 6th graders.  And, surprisingly, I came alive with them.  The feeling was mutual and we connected with one another in a way that lent itself to their academic gains. 

My years in the classroom overflowed with great challenges and even greater rewards.  During those years I taught grades five through eight and am blessed to continue to hear from those students as they update me on their adult lives, the places they've been and the places they're going.

After years in the classroom, I had the opportunity to support educational leaders in various ways; a Vice Principal at a Charter School, a Teacher on Special Assignment, an Assistant to two

Superintendents, an Assistant Principal and now a Principal.  As I reflect on my years in education, it amazes me that my reality is what it is.  There are so many commonalities that my students and I share; yet through barriers and strongholds, I stood strongly on my faith and am proud to show how that faith has carried me along the way.  I strive to model for my students how odds can be beat, goals can be achieved and perseverance can be rewarded.

As an educator, I believe

that our instructional expertise, blended with an undying dedication to our students, will result in their academic success.  At Laney we strive to fulfill the mission of delivering young minds to embrace learning.  We uplift and attempt to embody concepts like Culturally Relevant Teaching, the Parent/Teacher Home Visit Project and a Healthy School Culture.  To read more about these concepts, see the links below.

We pride ourselves on being parent and community friendly. 

Our doors are open and we would be more than happy to welcome visitors, volunteers and partners.  Please feel free to contact us at 612-668-2200 or email me at mauri.melander@mpls.k12.mn.us.


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