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Ann Hobbie

Ann Hobbie taught elementary school for thirteen years, where she began rearing monarchs with students. Ann helped develop the original Monarchs in the Classroom curriculum with Dr. Karen Oberhauser’s Monarch Lab. She developed subsequent schoolyard ecology curricula, and has taught related teacher professional development for twenty-five years, including for the North American Monarch Institute. She oversaw fundraising and installation of a playground and pollinator gardens at Groveland Elementary School, and served on the Transforming Central project, a major ecosystems services initiative for St. Paul Central High School and the Mississippi River watershed. Ann worked in education policy and fundraising at Parents United for Public Schools for six years, and has also served on the YMCA Camp Widjiwagan Board of Directors. Ann is currently writing a picture book about monarch butterflies with Storey Publishing. She enjoys gardening, cycling and being a fitness trainer with youth and aging populations in St. Paul.