Molly Countermine: “Sing loud, work hard, live happy”

Molly Countermine enjoys the role of being a professor, musician, mother and wife. She has been teaching human development and family studies courses at Penn State since 1998.

She performs every Sunday with her “music soulmate,” Ted McCloskey, at American Ale House and every Tuesday with her band at Phryst in State College.

Countermine truly loves her music. What she can deliver to others is important to her. She believes that music is a more profound way to express emotions than mere words. She says that whatever people need to feel, she helps them feel through her music.

Her husband, Rene Witzke, plays the bass guitar in Countermine’s band, Maxwell Strait. Music brought them together and they are now happily married with three children.

Countermine considered doing music professional but couldn’t give up having a family.
“Traveling away from my children; not being able to go out to grocery store; not being recognized. That life isn’t appeal to me,” she says about she never actually tried to make in the business.

The connection between her being a musician and teaching is sharing her point of view with others.

“Many students come into my class just because they watched me perform at Phryst.”

Countermine is passionate about the material she teaches. All of her classes are about life, such as interpersonal relationships, childhood and parenthood. Students learn what they will go through in the future from her. She bonds with her students and she is willing to work with them as long as they are willing to put in effort.

She also receives a lot of positive feedbacks from her students.

“She is so entertaining and fascinating to listen to, and she has lots of great examples for each concept that she taught us,” Yaoxi Zhang says about Countermine's lecture. She took her class in 2016 spring semester.

“Countermine is the person who explains the reasons why we should look at the world in many different ways," Zhang adds.

Whether she is a mom or a teacher or a musician, she says she believes — “life is about caring for others and been cared for; Being honest even it’s hard to be honest.”