Kathie Lein has been with District 241 since 1993. She earned her Bachelors Degree in Special Education from Winona State University and her Masters Degree in Teaching and Learning from Saint Mary's University. Previously, she worked as a Special Education teacher for Alden-Conger.
Kathie is a member of the District Citizenship Committee, Albert Lea Education Association, and the Child Study Team. Kathie was honored for her dedication to teaching as part of "A Day Made Better" campaign put on by OfficeMax and its nonprofit partner, Adopt-A-Classroom. One thousand teachers across the nation were honored on this day and surprised with a cart full of $1,200 in school supplies for their classrooms. She was a Teacher of the Year Finalist in 2002 and 2010.
"My husband Ross and I live in Albert Lea and have three children. Mina will be 18 in April and is a senior at ALHS. Carol is 15 and in 9th grade at ALHS. Our son, Herbie, is 12 years old and a 7th grader at Southwest. When I do have free time I like to spend it with my family. I enjoy watching my kids participate in school activities, especially cross-country.
I have been teaching special education for twenty years. My first two years of teaching I taught for the Alden-Conger School District and the past eighteen have been at Halverson Elementary School. I love my classroom and enjoy the staff and students I get to work with day after day. As a special education teacher I have the unique opportunity of working with and watching my students grow throughout their seven years in the elementary school setting. Working in my room is never routine or predictable. "