Michelle Alger-Mintie

Michelle Alger-Mintie

Hollygrove Lead Teacher - Garden Enrichment


I began my gardening career when I attended UC Santa Cruz and had the opportunity to intern with several farms, including the famous Alan Chadwick Garden. After graduation, I continued working on farms in Los Angeles and Virginia gaining more and varied experience. It was also around this time that I started working with nonprofits trying to incorporate education into gardening. Most recently, I have been using my skills to help special needs students create a greenhouse program in South LA, and teach elementary students through the garden education non-profit called Enrich LA.

Where did you go to school and what was your major?
UC Santa Cruz, Environmental Studies

What is your highest degree held?
B.A. Environmental Studies

Why did you want to be a teacher/work in education?
I did not get to have a garden education until I went to college. I found it so valuable and wish I had been exposed to that type of learning earlier.

How long have you been teaching/working in education?
2 1/2 years

What is your favorite thing about LCS?
The focus on enrichment classes and social/emotional learning.

What was your favorite book when you were the age of your students?
Sherlock Holmes (my mom is weird)