HIBBING — After enjoying art classes in high school, a Hutchinson, Minn., native decided to pursue a career teaching the subject.
“At age 18, I enjoyed my high school art class so much that I thought it would be great fun to become an art teacher,” said Glenna Olson, an art teacher at Hibbing High School (HHS).
She credits her high school art teacher and a college art instructor with influencing her decision.
Olson graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., in 1978, with a double major in art education and speech communications/theatre art. She began her teaching career in August 1979 in Fairview, Mont.
In Worthington, Minn., Olson worked as a long-term substitute in several roles, including teaching six weeks of speech classes, several months of English and a year of special education classes.
She also taught a semester of elementary school music in Grand Rapids.
“Thank goodness I like to sing,” she added.
In fall 2000, Olson was hired by the Hibbing School District to teach art at the high school.
“I like the kids. I like to inspire them to create. In turn, they inspire my own creativity,” she said. “When I have an entire classroom working on their art projects and the kids are immersed in their varied processes, I love the energy.”
HHS Principal Mike Finco, who’s worked with Olson for 13 years, said she’s a very artistic and multi-talented instructor.
“In the past few years, she has had her concentration in photo and graphic arts. Both areas her students have won multiple state awards in,” he said. “Ms. Olson draws out the best in our student artists. She inspires aspiring artists by providing a variety of opportunities to explore the world of art including trips to the Twin Cities for art museums, etc.”
Good licensed art teachers are very hard to find, Finco said.
“But to find one…