Zach Fjelstad

Special Education Teacher


Fjelstad has been teaching in special education for 12 years and has worked in mainly project-based schools around the metro area.  His passion for education includes the implementation and use of restorative justice practices, working outdoors, and transitioning youth into adulthood through the study of individual interests and skills. Students deserve a fresh start every day, and every day presents a new chance to succeed and grow.  Learning from mistakes is the best way to learn, regardless of the setting. Fjelstad lives in Ellsworth, Wisconsin on his hobby farm with his wife (who is also a special education teacher) and two children (1.5 and 3.5 years old).  He tends to a variety of animals including dogs, cats, goats, sheep, and chickens and hopes to one day use the goats and sheep for milk in order to make cheese.  Zach enjoys many outdoor activities including deer and turkey hunting, fishing, gardening, cooking for his family, tapping his maple trees for syrup, camping, boating, and growing and just being in his woods.  Zach also enjoys working on his house and other out buildings and learning any new skills that come along with new house projects including plumbing, electric, and construction.  Youtube is his best friend on some days when it comes to learning new skills.  For entertainment, he enjoys Star Wars and bingeing on TV shows including Friends, Ozark, Handmaid’s Tale, and Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.  Fjelstad is excited to be working at UMA and to have the chance to work with and learn from new colleagues and students.