Reluctant to claim his Hoosier identity until he moved to Indianapolis (despite being a life-long Hoosier), Caelan has been an Indianapolis resident for the past four years and has never loved a city more. Caelan began his education as a Japanese Language and Education student at Indiana University. After he graduated with his teaching licenses, he lived and worked in Japan as an English teacher for a year before returning to the states to get his master’s in Literacy Culture and Language Education at Indiana University. While in his master’s program, Caelan focused his studies on social justice education practices and globally-minded pedagogies.
Prior to coming to Damien, Caelan taught English as an Acquired Language (EAL), Theory of Knowledge, and English Literature at an international school. While there, he grew his leadership skills as the Theory of Knowledge team lead and as the school’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coordinator. Caelan is excited to transition the skills he has acquired as a leader within the education community to his position in Youth Services.
In his spare time, you can find Caelan scaling rock faces down in the Red River Gorge. When he’s not climbing outside, he’s at the local rock climbing gym keeping strong so he can crush his next project outdoors. On his rest days, Caelan also loves playing the banjo, exploring new restaurants, riding his bike around the city, watching movies with his family, going to local LGBTQ+ events, and reading up on queer theory and history.