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.
Melanie Loy currently teaches 4th grade Orchestra at Prairie Elementary School and directs Varsity Strings and the WHS Orchestra at Worthington High School. Since coming to Worthington in 2006, Mrs. Loy has guided the 4th-12th grade string program to grow from 90 students to over 300 students now playing orchestra instruments in School District 518.
Mrs. Loy earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. In 1983, she attended the Suzuki International Teachers Conference & Summer School Workshop in Matsumoto, Japan. In 2008 and 2010, she attended the Ohio State University String Teacher Summer Workshop in Columbus, OH.
In addition to orchestral teaching experiences, Mrs. Loy 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 on violin with several community orchestras in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Oregon and Florida. Worthington Area Symphony Orchestra was founded in 2010 through leadership from Melanie Loy, Beth Habicht, Karen Pfeifer and Sue Simonson.
Melanie is married to Jon Loy who directs the WHS bands. They are the proud parents of three children and blessed with four grandchildren. Phillip earned an Electrical Engineering degree from NDSU. His wife Maari is a Pharmacist and they have three children – Mabel, Jalen & Toby. Eric is completing a PhD in English from the University of Rochester in New York. Heather earned a Business and Communications degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. Heather is married to Jonah Oberloh from Worthington who earned his Computer Science degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. They have one son named Hudson.