Elaine Menke's Biography

Elaine Menke

Elaine Menke is the 5th grade band director at Lakewood Elementary in the Norwalk Schools. This is her 19th year of teaching instrumental music. She previously taught 5th grade bands at Brookview and Woodland Hills Elementary for 4 years in the Waukee Schools, and has taught in the North Polk Schools, Des Moines Public Schools and at Southeast Warren. 

Elaine received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa. She performs with the Des Moines Metro Concert Band during the ‘Music Under the Stars’ concerts in the summer on bass clarinet and also plays clarinet in the Grand View University Wind Ensemble.

Elaine enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, rock-climbing, and card-making. Her husband, Nick, is also band director in the Norwalk Schools and she has 2 sons, Carson (10) and Brecker (6).

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