My name is Nicole Melgaard. I am a native to Owatonna and graduated from Owatonna High School in 1986.  After graduating, I furthered my studies at the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie, WI.  A large portion of my senior year was spent abroad in Farnham England at the West Surrey College of Art and Design furthering my concentration in painting and in 1991 graduated with a grade K-12 degree in art education.   I accepted my first teaching position in Evanston, Wyoming teaching art for students in grades K-5.  In 1995 I returned to Minnesota to accept an elementary art position in Austin, MN.  In 1999 I was nominated for the Teacher of the Year for the Austin Public Schools System and graduated from the Southwest Minnesota State University with a master’s degree in Educational Leadership in 2002.  I returned to my home district in 2002 to teach elementary art at Lincoln elementary for the Owatonna Public Schools. 
My husband (Cordell) and I have two children, Isabella (7) and Liam (4).  And of course… we can’t forget our furry gal Cocoa.  Cocoa is our 4 year old doll-faced Himalayan that we love to love! 
This fall will be my 7th year at the Owatonna Public Schools and I am looking forward to another wonderful year of growth and partnership in your child’s art education. 

Nicki Melgaard
Washington and Lincoln
Art Teacher
(507) 444-8324 (Washington)  (507) 444-8152 (Lincoln)