Hello everyone! My name is Cody Braun and I am a high school social studies teacher (World Cultures, Civics) here at La Crescent High School. I am glad to be teaching in my home state and am even more excited to be back in La Crescent (I student taught here in 2015-16). I come to the district and your community from Indianapolis, IN where I taught at Southport High School. I was incredibly fortunate to begin my teaching career as a US History and Geography teacher for 9-12 graders in Indiana, but could not pass up the opportunity to return to La Crescent as a full-time educator.
Education: I grew up in Saint Charles, MN and it was there that I attended and graduated from school. I attended the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse where I pursued an advanced education degree: Broadfield Social Studies Education (with History emphasis) and a Minor in Political Science Education.
Educational Philosophy: I am fortunate to say that some of the most influential people in my life have been my teachers and professors. It was my teachers that inspired me to pursue a career in education and helped me realize that the focus for ALL educators should always be their students. Our students are not only your kids, they are also the future of our community, country, and world. I also believe that everyone (teachers/schools, parents, and students) is accountable for a quality education; we must all work together and keep one another accountable in order to provide the best education and school experience for our students. It is vital to my philosophy as an educator that students (along with class content) be exposed to multiple viewpoints and backgrounds, while being taught how to research and dissect these viewpoints/arguments, and then effectively communicate their thoughts with others. In order to be effectively and truly informed ("free-thinking" individuals) one should first understand as many viewpoints in a given issue/area as possible, before responsibly making a decision on their own finite personal philosophies. Finally, I believe that failure is just as much a part of the educational process as success - one must not give up if they don't at first succeed.