Becky Tollefson, the music teacher at St. Alphonsus School, was recently named the Teacher of the Year at the school.
Posted on 12/21/13
By Lee Coleman
Tollefson, now in her fifth year, graduated from St. Ola’s in Northfield, Minn. in 1992 with a Bachelor’s degree in music education and vocal performance.
Her favorite music is classical and Tollefson has been trained as a lyrical soprano.
“It was very much a surprise,” she said of the award. “I really appreciate the fact my colleagues voted for me. It meant a lot to me. I knew I had been nominated but I didn’t think I would be the one chosen.”
The award was announced at the staff Christmas party and Tollefson said it left her speechless.
“I didn’t know what to say,” she explained. “It makes you realize how other people appreciate you and what you’re doing is worthwhile.
“What I do as a teacher is really all about the kids. They have a right to excellent education wherever they go to school in this country.
“My goal is to focus on the kids.”
With so many music programs disappearing from schools, Tollefson is grateful the school board and the administration supports the need.
“I’m glad they realize the importance of the arts in education,” she said. “I love what I do and I love music and I have my whole life.
“To share that with someone else is the motivation.
“We have to realize how important the arts are to a child’s education because it teaches them teamwork and the practice time is a discipline that is important to life skills.”