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. Anderson

My name is Mrs. Anderson.  I grew up in God’s Country, a.k.a, North Dakota. I attended Moorhead State University and graduated with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Classroom Vocal Music Education in 1986. I began my teaching career at Worthington Area Junior High in 1987. I teach 6th, 7th and 8th grade choir and ensembles as well as 6th and 7th grade General Music. I was elected teacher of the year in 2000. I love to see my students develop their musical talents and blossom at the high school and beyond.

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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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Mrs. Loy

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.

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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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