Top 5 Strengths: Connectedness, Input, Learner, Ideation, Arranger

Kathy Magnusson, M. Ed., owner of Wildewood Learning, 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 Masters of Education from the University of Minnesota. Over her varied career working with youth, she has been a youth development educator, STEM program coordinator, and leadership program director. 

As a social and emotional learning specialist, Kathy develops tailored made professional development opportunities for teachers and youth professionals that will support them in designing positive learning environments for youth. She uses the frameworks of social and emotional learning (SEL) and personalized learning to empower teachers to embed engaging learning strategies in their classrooms. Kathy’s values inspire her to create experiences that encourage collaboration between community, educator, and student sharing the power of learning. 

Kathy has four children, ages 16-21. She wants her children to have experiences in life that build on their strengths and interests, and believes the same is needed for all children. Kathy supports youth professionals and educators to each develop their own social and emotional learning skills to create positive relationships. When educators and youth professionals are allowed to change their perceptions 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
  • Youth Leadership
  • Nonviolent/ Compassionate Communication
  • Social and Emotional Learning
  • Mindfulness