Ingela Eilert

From: Helsingborg, Sweden  Current City: St. Paul, MN
"Sometimes I feel on my own over here. There’s an ocean that separates me from my extended family, my history, my language, my culture, and my background."
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Growing up, Ingela Eilert’s family bounced around from country to country. All she really wanted was to live in her native Sweden and actually “feel Swedish”. But life had other plans for her.

Ms. Eilert was born in Helsingborg, a city in Sweden’s southernmost county. Her family moved throughout the world during her childhood, to Australia and Japan before returning to Sweden when Ingela was sixteen. When she finished high school, Ingela’s sister told her to come study in the U.S. her. Initially, Ms. Eilert was reluctant; she wanted to spend more time in Sweden. She was ultimately convinced.

In 1994, Ms. Eilert arrived at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. Although she only planned to stay for a year, Ingela decided to stay and eventually graduated with an English degree. Upon graduation, she returned to Sweden to earn her teaching license. After spending some time in her home country, she realized that attended a graduate school in the U.S. would be more beneficial and returned to Minnesota.

Currently, Ms. Eilert teaches Swedish, using it as a platform to share her cultural background. Ingela is a dual citizen of both Sweden and the U.S. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota with her husband and two children.

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