About Mrs. Isles
I was born and raised near Cologne – in Jordan, MN. I come from a family of five – my dad, Mike, played cornet, clarinet, and tuba; my mom, Lori, played the clarinet; my brother, Josh, played the tuba; and my sister, Rachel, was a saxophone player.
I was, myself, a trumpet and french horn player throughout my schooling. I am also a guitar player, and students may occasionally see me roaming the halls with Desi, my acoustic guitar, slung across my shoulder.
I attended Minnesota State University – Mankato for college, where I received my bachelor’s degree in instrumental and classroom music education. I graduated from college in 2009.
This is my fourth year at Cologne Academy, and I love it more every day. This is the third school I’ve worked at since I’ve earned my degree, and I can say with complete confidence that CA is the best school by far! We have great students, a supportive and caring community of parents and families, and staff that lives and breathes education!
In my free time, I am a very involved member of local theatre groups. I helped to start CA’s middle school theatre club, which puts on two shows every year. I also volunteer with Norwood Young America’s high school theatre program, and I work in the summer with the Centre Stage Community Theatre group based in Norwood. If you need help finding or building props or costumes, I’m your girl!
I also love to cook, and consider myself an amateur chef (as long as I don’t burn the meal instead!). I also love to discover new music, movies and television. If you have a recommendation, I’d love to hear about it! I enjoy reading, slowly but surely teaching myself sign language, and doing craft things around my house. Ask my about my perler bead collection!
I live in Belle Plaine with my husband, Brian, who is a high school English teacher in Norwood, and our two orange cats, Remy, and Zissou. I may live in Tiger country, but I bleed navy and gold! Go PRIDE Stars!
I love to laugh! Tell me a joke next time you see me!
I look forward to getting to know our CA families and students!