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Koltn is a research graduate student and the director of programs at Priestley Mental Health. Koltn spends most of his day as an behavioral health interventionist for Preston School District.

Outside of the office, Koltn is a professional editor and writer. His hobbies include talking, creative writing, researching creativity as a cognitive process, and trying to convince English teachers that the book is not always better than the movie--that's book-lover propaganda. When he's not reviewing state level-of-care guidelines, Koltn is writing, drawing, talking about children's literature, soapboxing about Ernest Hemingway's continuing contributions to the American literary tradition, or trying to convince the CBRS specialists to go get matching tattoos with him. 


Koltn's background is in education and youth mental health services. As an English teacher, he has taught every grade level from kindergarten through freshman college and completed a teaching internship in Shandong Province, China. He has a background in clinical behaviorism and trained for a year in developmental disabilities. Koltn studied psychology and English as an undergraduate and applies principles of narrative psychology and creative writing as well as theories of children's literature to his mental health interventions. His thesis for his master's degree focuses on educational psychology and cognitive science in learner-centered curriculum & instruction environments. Koltn's research focus is on applying psychiatric rehabilitation and psychosocial development theory to curricula, mental health programs, and creative writing workshops.

Koltn has worked as a behavioral health interventionist and CBRS worker for almost 5 years; he is the former CBRS program manager at Priestley Mental Health. Koltn completed a 30-month clinical residency in psychiatric rehabilitation and is a certified Child & Family Resiliency Practitioner (CFRP). He has trained specifically in disruptive behavior disorders, anxiety, teen and adolescent psychology, and LGBTQ+ support. He is a certified (former) self-defense and martial arts instructor.


Koltn is a member of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (PRA).

  • Master of Science, Curriculum & Instruction​

    • Focus: Educational Psychology & Psychiatric Rehabilitation

  • Bachelor of Arts, English & Creative Writing

  • Associate of Arts, Psychology

  • Child & Family Resiliency Practitioner (CFRP)

  • Target Care Coordinator (in progress)

  • Crisis Intervention & Response

  • Teaching Endorsement (English/language arts)