Learn more about Angie Lauer-Schaeppi, one of the new Curriculum Developers for the Minnesota Child Welfare Training Academy.
Angie has a variety of experience, education, and passions she brings to her role as Curriculum Developer. Over the last 10 years Angie has practiced as a mental health therapist, helping adolescents and families navigate life events. She also has experience teaching, advising, and collaborating in the field of higher education. Angie is currently working on completing her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with a focus on instruction and development. She is strategic and intentional in using both strengths-based and competency-based approaches to her curriculum development. In her free time, Angie enjoys spending time with her family and friends, starting new craft hobbies, and reading.
- Tell us about your education and/or work experience prior to joining the MNCWTA. I have a bachelor's degree in Psychology and Business from the University of St. Thomas and a master's degree in Mental Health Counseling from St. Mary's University of MN. Since graduate school, I have had my hand in mental health counseling, working mostly with adolescents and families. After years of practicing therapy, I started to gain interest in the psychology of education. I began my PhD in Educational Psychology and have gained experience in adjunct teaching, advising, coaching, and consulting in higher education. I am excited to bring these unique experiences to the Academy and leverage my knowledge of family development with my passion for education.
- What do you enjoy most about your work? I enjoy consulting and team work. I am looking forward to working with a curriculum team with a variety of experiences and knowledge, as well as with Academy staff at large. I always try to keep in mind: "Everyone knows something you don't" (Bill Nye) and that I can constantly learn in order to help others do the same.
- What are you most passionate about? Personally and professionally, I am passionate about learning and people. When asked what my "dream job" would be when I was younger I often said being a traveling student, learning from others and their lived experiences, which I feel is still true today. I enjoy harnessing these passions in a concrete way to help others in whatever capacity they may need it, and helping others learn as well.
- What are you surprisingly good at? Remembering music lyrics of songs I haven't heard in years.
- What do you like to do outside of work? Outside of work I enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling, reading, rock climbing, yoga, and starting new craft hobbies (currently I have been really into macrame when I can find time).