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Kathy Magnusson, M.Ed.
owner of Wildewood Learning



As a trainer, coach, and speaker, Kathy has worked with educators and youth service professionals worldwide. She is a licensed public school teacher, social and emotional learning specialist, and strengths-based leadership coach. She has provided support to young people and the professionals that serve them for over 25 years.

Kathy shows educators and youth service professionals what is needed to create safe and effective learning environments that draw upon the strengths of both adults and youth. Using a tailored strengths-based approach, Kathy gives people the knowledge and tools to uncover their individual brilliance.

Kathy is a licensed middle and high school teacher and has a master’s degree in education from the University of Minnesota. Additional credentials include training in adverse childhood experiences, creating trauma-sensitive resilience schools, non-violent communication, and strengths-based education and leadership. Kathy is also a certified Sources of Strengths trainer.

She supports education and youth service professionals in developing their own social and emotional learning skills to create positive relationships. Kathy has found that when educators and professionals are allowed to change their perceptions, a ripple effect occurs, changing the learning experience for all. 

Kathy lives on a farm in northern Minnesota with her husband and occasionally some of their four young adult children. When she is not hanging out with her dogs, you can find Kathy in her “calm place,” serenely kayaking or relaxing with a good book at the family lake cabin.