About Our Teachers

Mr. Andersen

My name is Mr. Andersen, but most of my students call me Mr. A. I have taught 5th grade through 12th grade bands, but most of my experience has been with middle school students. I graduated from South Dakota State University with a Bachelor of Music Education Degree, and a Master’s Degree in Tuba Performance from the University of South Dakota.

I started teaching in the Worthington School District at the middle school in 2002. I had previously taught from 1980 through 1989 at Clark, South Dakota, and from 1989 through 2001 at Canton, South Dakota. Professionally I belong to Minnesota Educators Association (MEA), Minnesota Band Directors Association (MBDA), and Minnesota Jazz Educators Association (MNJEA).  I play tuba in the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and electric bass with the Sioux City Symphony and South Dakota Jazz Orchestra.

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Mrs. Jenson

Hello, I’m Mrs. Jenson.  I started working as a music teacher in Worthington in 1996. I direct fifth grade band and teach 5th grade and 7th grade General Music. I earned my Music Degree from North Dakota State University in Fargo and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Southwest State in Marshall. Teaching music is rewarding and it is exciting to watch students grow in their musicality from year to year.

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Mr. Paulsen

My name is Mr. Paulsen. I graduated from Concordia College (Moorhead, MN) on  May 1st, 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education. I am currently teaching 5-8 Orchestra in Worthington, MN. My primary instrument is saxophone and secondary is oboe.

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Ms. Peterson

Hello! My name is Ms. Peterson, and I teach choir and general music at Worthington Middle School. I am originally from the Twin Cities area. I graduated from St. Olaf College in 2021 with a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Music Education. I enjoy spending time outdoors, and love a good coffee shop. It is my job to give my students the tools and knowledge to be lifelong musicians!

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