As the Windells Academy English teacher, Catherine Coulon knows a thing or two about not only literature but skateboarding as well. In the second part of our ?Faculty Feature? we?d like to introduce you to the traveler, skateboarder and educator that is Catherine Coulin and share the experiences that have brought her to Windells Academy.

Windells Academy Teacher: Catherine Coulin

At an early age, Catherine began pursuing a career in education. Almost immediately after graduating high school in Detroit, Catherine worked as a teacher assistant at an elementary school on a Navajo Reservation in Leupp, Arizona. After some time in the desert, Catherine opted to travel to the mountains for snowboarding and work towards a Bachelor?s degree in Colorado. It was here that Catherine met her best friend, future husband and lifelong skate partner, Billy. Together, Billy and Catherine made a move to Hawaii where Catherine found her passion for skateboarding.

Catherine skating at Newberg Skate Park

Hawaii is home to beautiful beaches, beautiful people and even skate parks. ?It was in Hawaii that I developed my love for skate boarding? says Catherine. ?In between studying and teaching I found myself at local skate parks. I?ve been hooked ever since?. During her 3 year stay in Hawaii, Catherine taught at a local school and graduated from Hawaii University with a degree in English literature and Writing. After graduating, traveling and skating in Hawaii, Catherine moved back to the main land with Billy where they landed themselves positions at the ?funnest? and ?smartest place on Earth?.

Catherine and Billy in Hawaii

Catherine and Billy have essentially created a ?dream team? amongst themselves here at Windells, contributing to the action sports community on multiple levels.  As a concrete builder and designer Billy has helped to make our ?concrete jungle? one of the best skate parks in the country. As a teacher, Catherine pushes student athletes to perform at their best in the classroom and skate parks during Academy skate trips. ?Catherine is an awesome teacher. Not only is she awesome but she skates too!? says Michelle Lu, Academy senior. ?It?s really neat that we have teachers who skate and ride with us.?

Catherine skating Windells "Concrete Park"

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