Kimberly Kay Anderson Wooster
Kim Anderson Wooster, a pianist and contralto, has taught at all levels in the Seventh-day Adventist school system. Although her earliest teaching experience was as an elementary school teacher in a multi-grade school, she found teaching music to be fulfilling and has now taught music, English, and art at the secondary level for over a decade.
Kim was born and raised in Hutchinson, Minnesota, one of three children born to Wesley and Harriet Andersen Anderson. She and her siblings, Curtis and Clinton, were raised in a home where music was an important activity. Their father was a self-taught musician who played guitar and sang and their mother a talented singer who had sung in choral groups in her academy years under Milo Hill and at Union College under J. Wesley Rhodes.
Although members of the family are primarily singers, Kim started piano lessons at an early age and continued study on it and voice along with saxophone in her high school years. All three children attended Maplewood Academy, located in Hutchinson, and all three have pursued music teaching as a career. Kim was particularly inspired during her academy years by music teachers Klaus Leukert and Stephen Zork.
Following graduation from MWA in 1978, she enrolled as an elementary education major at Union College, where she also pursued serious voice study with Margaret Fuller and sang under Lynn Wickham's direction in the Unionaires, the school's select choral ensemble. Following graduation from UC in 1982, she married Nick Wooster in the fall of 1983 and began her elementary teaching at the Faribault Church School in Minnesota.
After staying home to raise their two sons, Karl and James, she accepted a music position at Minnetonka Christian Academy in Minneapolis, in 1999. She has taught music at MWA since 2000.
Sources: information provided by Kimberly Anderson Wooster and Clinton and Curtis Anderson, May/June 2011; Mid-America Outlet, 1 April 1982, 7; Maplewood Academy website.