Katie Jean Myers Young of Baton Rouge received her undergraduate degree in English Education at Northwestern in 1958 and completed a master’s degree in Administration and Supervision at Louisiana State University in 1964. She continued post-graduate studies at the University of Nebraska, at Southeastern Louisiana University and Radford (Virginia) University and +30 at LSU.
Young began her career in 1958 teaching high school English in Acadia Parish. She then spent several years working as a teacher and counselor in East Baton Rouge Parish where she worked with LSU and the Louisiana Department of Education as a Supervisor of Student Teachers and Coordinator of the Graduate Intern Program in Guidance and Counseling. From 1979-81, Young was as a counselor with the Radford, Va., City School Board and served as Coordinating Supervisor for the Graduate Intern Program in Guidance and Counseling for Radford University and Virginia Tech. Returning to Louisiana in 1981, she was a program manager and section administrator for the Professional Improvement Program at the State Department. In 1988, she was recalled to the Department where she served as Program Manager and then as Section Administrator for the Bureau of Secondary Education.
Young worked as an administrator with several agencies devoted to education, school and community support issues, as well as the LSU Alumni Foundation before returning to counseling at Bishop Sullivan High School and currently St. Michael the Archangel Diocesan Regional Catholic High School in Baton Rouge. Young said her most memorable teaching moments have been the moments of joy her students experience at gaining knowledge of a topic and seeing her students accepted to post-secondary institutions with awards and scholarships.
Young’s husband, Charles Keller Young, is deceased. She has a daughter and son-in-law, Chuck and Tarilyn McBride, and a granddaughter, Allison McBride.