Emily Elverum

With three generations of teachers in her family before her, it was only natural that new second-grade teacher Emily Elverum was destined to be the fourth.

“I never wanted to do anything but teach.”

The oldest of four siblings, Elverum was raised in Wyoming, MN and graduated from Forest Lake High School in 2015. She earned a BS degree in Elementary Education for K-6th at MNSU, Mankato in 2019.

Before coming to Cleveland, she taught fifth and second grade at Mankato Loyola Catholic School for two years and then taught first grade at St. Peter Public Schools for one year.

She chose Cleveland school for its “great reputation.”

“Every school I go to seems to have great things to say about this small community. I can't wait to be a part of it.” 

She especially likes teaching phonics.

“I love watching students connect those building blocks to reading and writing.”

When she is not teaching at school, Elverum is teaching dance at Dance Express in Mankato. This will be her 8th year teaching there. She danced herself for 17 years and was a member of the Forest Lake Dance Team for four years and was on the MNSU dance team for two years, where she received a national championship title in 2016. 

Elverum got married a year ago, and in the first year of their marriage she and her husband competed in Dancing with the Mankato Stars to raise money for the American Red Cross. 

“No he is not a dancer... that's why it was especially fun,” she said.