Top 5 Strengths: Connectedness, Input, Learner, Ideation, Arranger
Kathy Magnusson, M. Ed. believes learning is an adventure. She has over 25 years working with youth in a variety of formal and informal settings. Kathy taught for 10 years as a middle and high school science teacher and has a master’s degree in Agricultural Education from the University of Minnesota. Over her varied career working with youth, she has been a youth development educator, social-emotional learning specialist, STEM program coordinator, and leadership program director.
Kathy is the owner of Wildewood Learning Coaching and Consulting which supports educators and youth professionals in personalizing learning so each student can connect the dots from the classroom to the community and to a career. Her belief is from the vocational setting that learning through curiosity and doing is the most impactful way to learn. Kathy’s values inspire her to create experiences that encourage collaboration between community, educator, and student to share the power of learning.
Kathy is a mother to four children; three teens, and one young adult. She wants her children to have experiences in and outside of school that build on their strengths and interests, she believes the same is needed for all children. Kathy supports youth professionals and educators to each develop their own self-awareness of their strengths and interests. When educators and youth professionals are allowed to change how they learn there is a ripple effect that changes the process of learning for all.
Kathy’s Areas of Expertise:
- Strengths-based Education and Leadership
- Student-Centered Practices
- Leadership and Community Coaching
- Nonviolent/ Compassionate Communication
- Social and Emotional Learning
- Mindfulness Classroom Practices