• Austin Wellman
    University of Minnesota/Hamline University
    Grade Four
    Hongqiao Lower School
    My name is Austin Wellman and I come to you from the rolling farm fields of southeastern Minnesota, USA. I grew up on the corner of my grandparents’ farm as the second of five children, surrounded by cousins, aunts, uncles, and all sorts of extended family. I graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a Bachelor of Arts in communication studies and a minor in music on the trombone. Marching band, concert bands, jazz and choral ensembles occupied much of my time through school and still are a passion of mine today. After college, I began work toward my teaching license at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota while simultaneously working full time at Lionsgate Academy in Crystal, Minnesota as a special education assistant. Upon completion of my certification, I moved to Kuwait to work at the American International School Kuwait as a 2nd grade teacher, where I fell in love with the international lifestyle. In December 2015, I graduated with a Master of Arts in Teaching from Hamline University. My masters capstone research gathered a collection of teachers’ music backgrounds and investigated how music involvement might impact teaching and the school community. I began my teaching adventure at SCIS Hongqiao in the fall of 2015 and have loved teaching 4th grade with my dynamic dream team ever since. I invite you to join in on my tradition of wearing a bow tie on what I call "Top Tier Tuesdays" and also invite you to play your trombone on “Trombone Fridays."