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April 2015 - Irish Life Experience

Introducing Kent Luetzen-Your 2015 Male Counselor

Kent Luetzenimage2Raised in the quiet state of North Dakota, Kent was ready to get out and explore the rest of the world. He got his first international experience when he was a junior in high school, where he spent three weeks traveling Italy with his family. Since then he has been infected with the travel bug. During college, at the University of North Dakota, he was involved with the Study Abroad Program. He spent six months in Australia and fell in love with surfing, marine wildlife, and the beach. After graduating college in 2014, he spent the summer in Norway where he was a contestant in Norway’s number one reality show, “Alt For Norge.”

Besides traveling, Kent enjoys photography, watching movies, skiing, camping, music, social media, and being outside in the sun. Some random facts about Kent are that he likes watching the Bachelor and Survivor, he is claustrophobic, he is good at impersonating people’s dance moves, and he likes the smell of dirt.

He currently lives in Polson, Montana working in Special Education at the the Polson Middle School. In his future, he plans on working behind the scenes in film and TV as a Production Assistant. Kent is very excited to be a part of #ILE15 this summer and can’t wait to make some amazing memories!

Introducing Kate Vaughn-Your 2015 Female Counselor

Kate VaughnHi ILE’ers!

I’m Kate Vaughn from beautiful Butte, Montana. I graduated from the University of Montana Western last May with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Special Education. Teaching seems to run in my family. My mom is an amazing Second Grade Teacher and my grandmother was a Kindergarten Teacher. Currently, I teach K-6 Special Education. Teaching is my passion in life and I love my job!

When I’m not working, I keep myself busy by volunteering. I have been active in the Shop with a Cop program for over nine years, taught tap, jazz, and lyrical at a local dance school for two years, and coached elementary track this last spring. I have found that working with kids is the most rewarding thing for me and that is why I have dedicated my life to it.

I come from a big Irish family and my grandparents decided that it was crucial for all of their grandchildren to have the opportunity to experience the culture of Ireland firsthand. In 2008, I had the most memorable time of my life on the Irish Life Experience. That summer was filled with more laughter, memories, and friendship than any other summer that I have experienced.

I love to make the most out of life. Life is too short to live it without laughter and adventure. Last summer I was honored to be a part of the 2014 Irish Life Experience Team and decided I wanted to come back for #ILE15. I can’t wait to meet you this summer.

See you soon!