Mrs. Katie Coudron is joining the Owatonna High School staff this year as an Introduction to Education teacher and teaching the new Critical Race Theory class offered in the second semester. In the Critical Race Theory class students learn about how to facilitate healthy conversations about race, racial equity, and social justice. Coudron grew up in Wausau, Wisconsin and went to The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree. When asked why she wanted to be a teacher, Mrs. Coudron said, “I’ve always known.”
Coudron has been in the Owatonna school district for 17 years. Before coming to OHS, she first worked as an eighth grade language arts teacher at the middle school. Coudron has also worked as an instructional coach for OMS staff and students and has also worked with MSU Mankato and student teachers from MSU. That experience with MSU has brought new opportunities to the OHS with the critical race theory class. The new class isn’t the only thing new this year, OHS has been on a hybrid schedule this year. When asked how the adjustment was going Coudron said, “ We are learning lots of new things and going pretty well.”
In her free time, Coudron loves spending time with her two kids, going camping and canoeing. She also enjoys going on runs and reading. Coudron is super excited to be teaching classes at OHS this year and bring new courses to students.