Mr. Brian Coleman; helping students with the future
Mr. Brian Coleman is the new career navigation counselor at OHS this year. He first went to school for business and administration with a marketing concentration, when he went back for his Master’s, he was asked to consider being a career counselor. He did some teaching after that and decided to be a teacher from there on. He worked for the work force center for 15 years as a career counselor and in area management. Mr. Coleman then started working within the school districts in Faribault. After six years of working at Faribault Public Schools, he started working at Owatonna Public School district this year.
One of his favorite parts about teaching is the students. Mr. Coleman said, “I think it’s the students, I learn a lot from them. I like giving them a platform in which they can express themselves and share their thoughts.” Mr. Coleman helps students by preparing them for things that come after high school. He helps them find careers, internships, mentorships and colleges they might be interested in. He always wants to make sure the students find the best fit for what they want to do after high school. Mr. Coleman ensures that students are utilizing their opportunities whether it is at school or outside of school.
What Mr. Coleman is most excited about in Owatonna is the opportunity to work with the different teaching staff at OHS and to enhance the opportunities for students. Ms. Sara Craig said, “Having a career navigator is going to be really helpful for us counselors but also for the pathways team, in ensuring that we have someone in our building that is connected with organizations and companies within the community.” Having someone who is going to help find opportunities in and outside of school, will be a big help for the office and pathways staff.
Outside of school, he likes to golf, play basketball, lift weights and spend time with his family. He is excited to get to know more students. His office is located in room E-206, where he is ready to help students with any questions.