Margot Olsen

Margot started the cello in fourth grade and by fifth grade knew that she wanted to be a music teacher. Twelve years later, she graduated from St. Olaf College with a BA in music education and began thirty-five years of teaching in the Roseville Area Schools, ISD 623, retiring in 2010. Over the years, she taught elementary, middle, and high school orchestra, middle school choir, and started the middle school theatre program. Her passion for music expanded to include theatre, and she has done 121 different shows with schools, churches, and Rosetown community theatre.

In retirement, Margot missed kids, and a private cello student’s parent told her of a part-time ensemble teacher position at MWS. It is a beautiful fit: making music with students a few days a week in a beautiful school where the arts are valued and great education is delivered in a different way. And so her teaching continues . . .

Margot and her husband, Bob, also a musician, raised four kids who were all very involved in music and theatre and continue to be involved as adults. Their dogs (Mairi and Mayer) have even been in plays! In her spare time, she loves to cook, read, organize things, and do stuff with her family and for others. Almost every summer for the past twenty years she has spent time canoeing in the BWCA, a time of rest and renewal.