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Indiana Donor Network Honors IPS Wellness Coach

Kathy Langdon, district coach for physical education, health and wellness for Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS), was recently honored for her dedication to saving and healing lives through organ and tissue donation

Langdon was honored by the Indiana Donor Network on March 3 at the annual Angel Fund Gala when the organization celebrated the 2023 class of Champions for Donations.

Champions for Donation are individuals and organizations undertaking exceptional efforts to advance organ and tissue donation and transplantation, either through direct clinical work or advocacy on behalf of the mission of Indiana Donor Network.

“It was a magnificent event, and I was honored to be selected as one of four people recognized,” she said. “If it wasn’t for the teachers I work with, this wouldn’t be possible. They do all the hard work.”

Langdon, who is also an online educator for Indiana Online Academy for Health, led the updating of the federal wellness policy for IPS. Each school in the state’s largest district has a wellness team that continues to implement the policy. 

Langdon implements programs in her schools by partnering with various organizations, including Donate Life Indiana, a nonprofit that manages Indiana’s organ donor registry.

Prior to her career at IPS, Langdon worked in operations for McDonald’s for 21 years. Since joining the district, she has worked as a coach, physical education instructor, athletic director, and health and wellness program manager. Langdon earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education and health from Marian University and a master’s degree in K-12 administration from Indiana State University.