Melinda Dunnihoo • 4th-8th Science
Ms. Dunnihoo is in her seventh year at St. Paul’s. She enjoys introducing students to the exciting world of science and likes to challenge students to think and create. She believes that hands-on learning is important to understand how our universe works. Projects, such as the bridge building, and labs are a major part of science class.
Ms. Dunnihoo holds a Bachelors of Science in Distributed Studies from Iowa State University, with emphasis in zoology and life sciences, speech disorders, and psychology. She also holds a Masters of Arts Degree from the University of Iowa in Speech Pathology and Audiology. Ms. Dunnihoo has taught in several schools in Northern and Southern California, but St. Paul’s is her favorite. She is a graduate of the Exploratorium Teacher Institute, and continues to participate in Exploratorium Teacher education workshops. Ms. Dunnihoo thinks continuing education is important for science teachers to keep up with the rapid changes in scientific information.
Outside of school, Ms. Dunnihoo loves to garden, cook, and read, especially biographies and books on genetics and geology. Volcanoes and earthquakes have also been lifelong interests for her. Ms. Dunnihoo is impressed with the depth of learning at St. Paul’s school, the quality of the faculty, and the commitment of the families to the school community.