By Starrla Cray
WINSTED 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 retiring, 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, it makes it all worthwhile.”
Another highlight was getting to know the students, especially outside of the classroom. For 40 years, Ebensperger coached junior varsity and c-squad boys basketball, which gave him opportunities to see students “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 Wisconsin, River Falls, he decided to pursue teaching.
Before starting his career, Ebensperger spent three years in the military, where he was assigned to Fort Bragg in North Carolina.
Then, in 1975, he accepted a teaching position at Holy Trinity. Ebensperger 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, Marnie, later became his wife. Marnie taught first grade at Holy Trinity for 40 years before retiring in 2017.
Although the couple kept the same jobs for many years, there were many changes that kept the work interesting.
“Every kid is a little bit different, and each group is different,” Ebensperger said, explaining that teaching methods constantly need to be adjusted.
Technology has also influenced Ebensperger’s classes.
“We didn’t have all the access to resources [in the early years],” he said. “Now, we can go online and watch just about anything that’s done in the lab.”
A video tutorial can sometimes be even better than seeing an experiment in real life, Ebensperger said, because students can watch it more than once.
Ebensperger taught a variety of math and physical science classes, which he said was one of the benefits of being at a small school.
He’s excited for more free time in retirement, and his only “definite plan” right now is to spend more time with his four young grandchildren.
Farewell party for two teachers
The public is welcome to attend a retirement reception from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 1 in the Holy Trinity Church Social Hall.
The reception will honor Marv Ebensperger and another retiring teacher, Tom Snell.
An article about Snell’s career at Holy Trinity will be printed in a future edition of the Herald Journal.