Ann Esselstein


(3-18-20) Word came today that long-time Celina Middle School Principal Ann Esselstein has passed away after a very long and difficult battle with cancer.

“Do What’s Expected And Then Do Some More!”- Ann Esselstein

Today many shared their thoughts on Facebook about her impact on them…

One of her staff – Jackie Mertz

I am forever a better person for having this woman in my life. She has inspired so many with her actions and her gift of words. Rest, my friend, you have done so much to make this a better world.

Another staff member – Shelli Hardesty

The world lost a phenomenal woman today. It was a pleasure to assist you and serve by your side, and watch as you touched so many lives and change the world for the better. Thank you Ann Esselstein for your love and support of me in all that I did. You made me a better person.

Former student – Ellen Bryan

She transformed thousands of lives and left her mark in the heart of every student who walked through those Celina Middle School doors. Mrs. Esselstein, you will be deeply missed, but your lessons and legacy will be carried on forever.

The administration of Celina City Schools is saddened to share that we have lost one of our own. Middle School Principal, Ann Esselstein, has left an extremely positive impact on so many of us over her 23 years of service to the Celina community. Ann continued to inspire us to “Do what is expected, and then do some more!”. Under her dedicated leadership, Celina Middle School students raised over $250,000 for cancer research.

Given that we are all dealing with a national emergency, and are not able to do the things that we normally would do as a part of our grieving process.

Students may write a note to the Esselstein family and share these notes with their teachers, so that we are able to forward these notes to the family. You may also send these notes to our Middle school counselor or assistant principal at or

Thank you for your kind thoughts and prayers,
Dr. Ken Schmiesing


Despite her health issues she remained as an important part of many Middle School students –

You Tube Video from 1-17-20


Esselstein, a Parkway graduate, was married to Mark who is a principal in the Parkway school district and a Hall of Fame Softball Coach.

Obituary and future arrangements will be added a later time.