Dr. Andrews van Horne - IB MYP Coordinator

Hello Olson Families and Students!

My name is Kate Andrews van Horne, the kids call me “Dr. AvH” for short. This will be my 11th year at Olson MS and my 26th year of teaching overall. I am an MPS kid (Kenwood, Anwatin and Southwest) who was fortunate enough to have taught at Anwatin for 12 years and also to have done some district-level social studies work before landing here at Olson. While at Olson I have taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grade social studies classes and I have coordinated our IB program from the beginning.

I am very excited to continue my role as the Olson IB MYP Coordinator this year. This means I will support teachers, students, and families as we all learn about and implement our IB Middle Years Program together (see the Olson IB page for more info on that). I also coordinate the school-wide curriculum and schedule.

I am deeply driven to address issues of Equity and Social Justice in our schools. As Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” May it be so.

When I’m not doing education-related things, I am typically doing family-related things. My wife Jen and I are lucky enough to be surrounded by our siblings and their kids, in addition to our “Kid” LaTreasure, and our new puppy, Moxie. We love to travel (when we’re not dealing with a global pandemic!), read, hike/bike, and support the diverse cultural communities of the Twin Cities.

The best way to reach me is through email: Kate.Andrews-vanhorne@mpls.k12.mn.us. You can also leave a message at the Main Office at (612) 668-1640 or text my Google Voice# (612) 305-8117. Thanks!