Instructor: Heather Gorath Lindstrom
Heather Gorath Lindstrom considers herself fortunate to have spent over 20 years working with beyond-risk students in a variety of positions. Currently, she works as the Instructional Lead for St. Paul Schools correctional educational programs at Boys Totem Town and the Juvenile Detention Center. She is adjunct faculty in the Education Department at Augsburg College, teaching courses in the special education teacher licensure program. Previously she worked in special education administration, family engagement and as a special education and general education teacher.
During her tenure with the Minnesota Department of Education, Heather worked as a Special Education Compliance Specialist, State Personnel Development Grant Specialist, Care & Treatment Specialist and the Supervisor for the Education Innovation team. She has also taught at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Red Wing, Minnesota, and served on the Minnesota Board of Teaching.
Heather is licensed Social Studies teacher, EBD teacher and Special Education administrator. She has pursued her passion of working with students on the fringes of traditional education in rural, urban and suburban settings both inside schools and with other agencies -- it is work that she loves and Heather is always advocating for different ways of reaching our toughest students.
Her Master's Degree is in Chemical Dependency Counseling (with an emphasis on mental health and rehabilitation) and she has experience as a chemical dependency counselor and as a mental health therapist, including working in Appalachia. Heather is pursuing her EdD at the University of Minnesota-Duluth where she recently completed a Fellowship and will be assisting the Master's Program as a graduate assistant. In her free time Heather enjoys being with her daughter, reading, writing, travel and watching roller derby.