Ellen Soukup

How would you like the students to address you?

Mrs. Soukup

How long have you been at St. John School?

16 years

What grade/subject are you teaching? Staff - where will you be working?

Music and 3-5 wing para

How long have you been teaching and/or when did you start teaching? If Staff - including St. Johns time, how long have you been doing the same type of job?

Started at St. Johns...16 years

What are a couple unique qualities/skills about you?

I have a side woodworking business with my daughter, Carolyn and I make rosaries (and have a bead collection that is quite scary...even borderline obsessive! HA!). I love to cook and have recorded 4 CDs which has taken me to Norfolk, VA, Birmingham, AL and throughout all corners of Nebraska. I have toured Japan, Newfoundland, Greenland and throughout the US with the UNL show choir, Scarlet and Cream Singers.

What are some personal items the families might like to know?

I have been married 35 years and have two children, Carolyn (28) and Paul (27). My husband, John and I met while in the Scarlet and Cream singers. After graduation from UNL with an Agriculture degree with an emphasis on Horticulture (I know, why am I teaching music? Long story!!) We moved to Lawrence, KS and promptly became Cornhawks. Then we got the opportunity to move back to Nebraska and join the St. Johns community.

Who is your favorite Saint and why?

Saint Blaise. He has gotten me out of so many vocal emergencies! I even have his Tiny Saint on my school keys. He has never let me down when I have prayed to him!

What is your favorite Bible or Saint quote?

1 Corinthians 6:19-20. – “Do you not realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you and whom you received from God? You are not your own property, then; you have been bought at a price. So use your body for the glory of God.”

What is your favorite prayer and why?

Singing is my favorite form of prayer. I believe that God works through me while I sing for Mass. It is when I feel closest to him. I also love a good holy hour and the rosary.

Why did you choose to teach at a Catholic school? Or why did you choose to teach at St. John’s?

Father Johnson asked me!!! When I first started college, I was majoring in music education. Back then, I had a teacher that painted a pretty grim prediction of the role of the family in education and how that family dynamic would be changing. That was when I realized this profession wasn't for me...and it turned out to be true. I didn't go to Catholic schools while growing up so my perception of teaching didn't include a Catholic school. I am so grateful that I can practice my faith all day long!!

Anything else you want to add?

St. Johns is such a beautiful church and school. We have our flaws, for sure. But, in my travels, I have sung at many Catholic churches and schools and I can honestly say, that this church and school has the best vibe ever. I am so grateful to be here.