About Our Teachers
Kerry Johnson is the Director of Choirs at Worthington High School. She holds a Master of Educational Leadership Degree with a focus on music education from Southwest Minnesota State University and a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from South Dakota State University.
At Worthington High School, Johnson directs Varsity Choir and Concert Choir as well as co-curricular ensembles Trojan Express, Bel Canto, and Vox. Additionally, she teaches beginning guitar, History of Rock, and AP Music Theory.
Prior to teaching in Worthington, Johnson served as Director of Choirs for Sauk Rapids-Rice High School and Pipestone Area High School in Minnesota.
Johnson is an active and proud member of the Minnesota Music Educator’s Association, the American Choral Director’s Association, and the Voice Care Network.
Director of Bands including Trojan Marching Band, Trojan Jazz!, Pep Band & WHS Concert Band. Class Guitar. WHS All-School Musical Head Director. WHS Music Dept. Chair. ISD 518 Music Curriculum Committee Member.
BA in Music Education and Speech, Communication, Theatre Arts Education -Concordia College, Moorhead (1984); MME in Music Education – University of Oregon School of Music (1990).
Came to ISD 518 in 2006. Have taught in Florida, North & South Dakota, Oregon & Minnesota teaching Band, Choir, Orchestra, AP Music Theory, Class Guitar & Musical Theatre /Drama Classes. State, Regional & National Music awards earned from MMEA, OMEA, NDMEA, MENC-NW, MENC-CENTRAL performances. ISD 518 recipient of Perpich Center Foundation Grant for Music Curriculum writing. MMEA, SDMEA paper presenter at annual conferences. MMEA Middle School Choral Festival founder. Adjudicator, Clinician, Honor Band Director.
Over the years, I have migrated to teaching situations where a music program needed to built up again. I enjoy ‘leading the way’ to create a common bond of excellence that all can share and take pride in. To see students, parents and an entire town rise up and cheer on their school & community through meaningful musical experiences has been exciting and very rewarding.
In my earlier days I was an avid runner, having run 6 marathons and several 5k / 10k road races.
My name is Melanie Loy. I teach 5th thru 8th grade Orchestra at Worthington Middle School; 9th thru 12th grade Orchestra at Worthington High School.
My experience and accomplishments include the following:
· Education- Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education – Concordia College, Moorhead, MN (1982)
1983 Suzuki International Teachers Conference & Summer School Workshop – Matsumoto, Japan
2008 and 2010 Ohio State University String Teacher Summer Workshops – Columbus, OH
· Experience 2006-Present 4th-12th grade Worthington Public Schools; Worthington, MN
2001-2006 4th-8th grade Sioux Falls Public Schools; Sioux Falls, SD
1995-2001 6th-12th grade Fargo Public Schools; Fargo, ND
1997-2001 adjunct instructor Concordia College; Moorhead, MN
1986-1988 4th-8th grade Park Christian School; Moorhead, MN
1984-1985 6th-12th grade Lee County Schools; Fort Myers, FL
1982-1984 6th-8th grade Fargo Public Schools; Fargo, ND
In addition to my orchestral teaching experiences, I have taught private lessons for ages 4 to adult (violin, viola, cello and bass), directed and choreographed children’s choirs for churches in North Dakota, South Dakota, Oregon and Florida and also performed with several community orchestras in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Oregon and Florida.
I love teaching the stringed instruments to students of all ages – beginning to advanced. It is never too late to learn!
I am blessed with a wonderful family. I am married to Jon Loy who directs the WHS bands, Worthington City Band and First United Methodist Church Choir. I am the proud mother of two sons and a daughter (Phillip, Eric and Heather). Phillip graduated from NDSU in 2009 with a Degree in Electrical Engineering. He and his wife Maari blessed us with our first granddaughter, Mabel Jane, in December 2011.