WDC Teachers are Superheroes series - Mrs. Ellenson
Mary Ellenson ... Music Teacher
How many years have you been teaching music at WDC Elementary?
"This is my second year at WDC Elementary! Previously, I taught at the Henning Public School for 13 years. Prior to my teaching career, I was a self-employed music therapist."
Why did you want to be a music teacher? Anyone influence you?
"I initially received my BA in music education but also earned a second degree in music therapy. I love people! They are my passion. Music speaks to everyone so becoming a music teacher/therapist was a perfect way to make a career out of what I love -- people and music. My favorite elementary music teacher, Mrs. Spicer, influenced me in such a positive way. She always brought a smile to the classroom and organized some of the best productions. I teach music so students will have more love, more compassion, more gentleness, more good."
In your opinion, why is music such an important subject for students to learn?
"Music is so important to a school's curriculum because it unites all the subjects in one discipline and uses them to create emotion which is the root to humanism."
Why do you think WDC is a great school?
I believe that WDC is a great school because people are encouraged to be themselves. It's a wonderfully diverse community that supports each other from the students, staff and administration."
Tell us a little about yourself?
I live in the country with my husband, Mark, and our Black Lab, Chief. We are a very close family with four wonderful children/children-in-laws and a 5-year-old grandson. One of my favorite weekends is spent with my family in Duluth when many of us participate in the Grandma's Marathon weekend."
Any pastimes or hobbies?
"I love anything outdoors! My husband and I spend many hours gardening, harvesting and canning. I'm close to canning 100 quarts of dill pickles this year! We go for daily walks no matter what the temperature is and in the winter, I enjoy cross-country skiing."
What is your favorite musical?
"My favorites are 'Guys and Dolls' and 'Hello, Dolly!' as I have very fond memories of working with the Henning students, including my two daughters, to produce these two musicals."