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Mr. E retires after 43 years at Holy Trinity BY STARRLA CRAY Associate Editor Marv Ebensperger hasn’t added up the number of students he’s taught at Holy Trinity High School in Winsted the past four decades, but it’s definitely a lot. “I still remember a bunch of those first students,” Ebensperger said. “Some of them have become friends over the years. . . and some of them are retir- ing, also.” Ebensperger (also known as Mr. E) retired May 25, after 43 years teaching math and science at Holy Trinity. One career highlight was when students had “aha!” moments. “There isn’t a light bulb, but it’s almost like that,” Ebensperger said. “I love that. Seeing a student who has been struggling a little and then gets it, i t makes it all worthwhile.” ‘Every kid is a little bit different, and each group is different.’ – Marv Ebensperger Another highlight was getting to know the students, especially outside of the classroom. For 40 years, Eb- ensperger coached junior varsity and c-squad boys basketball, which gave him opportunities to see stu- dents “in a whole different light.” Ebensperger didn’t always know he’d love teaching and coaching. As a high school student growing up in Plumb City, WI, Ebensperger was interested in math and science. After exploring his options while attending college at the University of Wiscon- sin, River Falls, he decided to pursue teaching. Before starting his ca- reer, Ebensperger spent three years in the military, where he was assigned to Fort Bragg in North Caro- lina. Then, in 1975, he ac- cepted a teaching position at Holy Trinity. Ebens- perger said he had been looking for something near the Twin Cities, and he liked the Winsted area. Mostly, though, he liked the people he met. “I made friends right away,” he recalled. One of those friends, Marv Ebensperger retired at the end of the school year, after 43 years of teaching Marnie, later became his math and science at Holy Trinity High School in Winsted. PHOTO BY STARRLA CRAY wife. Marnie taught first grade at Holy Trinity for watch just about anything that’s done in the lab.” 40 years before retiring in 2017. A video tutorial can sometimes be even better than Although the couple kept the same jobs for many seeing an experiment in real life, Ebensperger said, years, there were many changes that kept the work because students can watch it more than once. interesting. Ebensperger taught a variety of math and physical “Every kid is a little bit different, and each group is science classes, which he said was one of the benefits different,” Ebensperger said, explaining that teaching of being at a small school. methods constantly need to be adjusted. He’s excited for more free time in retirement, and Technology has also influenced Ebensperger’s his only “definite plan” right now is to spend more classes. time with his four young grandchildren. “We didn’t have all the access to resources [in the early years],” he said. “Now, we can go online and Medicare information classes offered The Senior LinkAge Line, through the Minnesota River Area Agency on Ag- ing (MNRAAA), is sponsoring a class for people who will soon be eligible for Medicare. Classes will take place in room 306 at Hutchinson Middle School, 1365 South Grade Road in Hutchinson, the second Wednesday of the month. Participants will learn the basics of Medicare and their coverage options in Minnesota. They will also learn how to research these options using non-biased tools. There are important decisions that need to be made when one becomes eli- gible for Medicare. Making the wrong decision can lead to not having any, or enough health care coverage, and financial penalties. Call Hutchinson Parks, Recreation and Community Education at 320-587- 2975 to register. Senior Connections HJ.COM W ish it Away by Calling Today • Video Inspection & Location • Maintenance Agreements • Commercial, Residential, & Farm • Hydro Jetting • Environmentally Safe Products Call Genie Drain Cleaning today! Your drain and sewer specialists FAST, EFFECTIVE, SERVICE “Wish it Away by Calling Today” (320) 587-4110 Senior Connections October 2018 9