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Ms. Mary Gagnon,
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Where did you go to school and what is your previous job experience?

I did my undergraduate work at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. I then taught middle school (6-8 gr.) and elementary school (4-5 gr.) for ten years in Oshkosh, WI. I also performed with the Oshkosh Symphony and was their personnel manager. No, I never became a Packer fan.

How long have you worked at Park Center?

Since 2006-7

What is your teaching philosophy?

Anyone can learn anything with persistence and perseverance. Every single one of us has something we’re good at.

Why did you choose your profession?

I decided in junior high that I would rather teach than perform, so I did!

What is your favorite quote?

It’s pretty long, but I think it’s wonderful. It’s by Pablo Casals, a ‘cellist who lived from 1876-1973. He was born in Spain and is considered one of the greatest ‘cello players who has ever lived. He spent much of his life working towards world peace.

"Each second we live is a new and unique moment of the universe, a moment that will never be again. And what do we teach our children? We teach them that two and two make four, and that Paris is the capital of France. When will we also teach them what they are?

We should say to each of them: Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique. In all the years that have passed, there has never been another child like you. Your legs, your arms, your clever fingers, the way you move.

You may become a Shakespeare, a Michaelangelo, a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything. Yes, you are a marvel. And when you grow up, can you then harm another who is, like you, a marvel?

You must work, we must all work, to make the world worthy of its children."

In what room(s) can you commonly be found?

171: Orchestras
143: Guitar

Additional Comments(hobbies)?

I love to read, especially non-fiction history and novels. I have two demons in fur coats – cats – named Bea and Elle. They are huge trouble makers but so cute! I love almost all types of music (kind of obvious, right?) and enjoy Twins baseball. Recently I’ve gotten into crafting and have learned how to crochet, make soaps and candles, and make simple jewelry. My favorite thing is being creative.

Advice for students going to college?

Work hard, and don’t get distracted by partying and having a good time. Enjoy yourself and get to know lots of different people, but remember you’re there to learn. Learn everything you can – go, do, see, feel, be, try. Find a place you’re comfortable and can feel at home. Do things on time, be it turning in assignments or paying your rent. Grab life with both hands and live it.

Biggest pet peeve?

Whining and making excuses.

Sum up your career at Park Center in one word


If you were required to find a different job than what you are currently doing, what would you choose?

I’d probably be a professional performing musician or a writer.