Teacher fired after revealing she's gay lands job at St. Paul high school


After being fired a day after announcing she is gay, a former Twin Cities Catholic high school teacher started a new job in St. Paul Monday.

The Star Tribune reports Kirsten Ostendorf, 43, has been hired to teach English full time at Highland Park High School.

Last month, Ostendorf stood up in a room of more than 100 of her colleagues at Totino-Grace High School and announced she was in a relationship with another woman. She was asked to resign the next day, but didn't.

Ostendorf said she wasn't given a reason for her termination, but assumes it was because she violated a school policy that prohibits teachers from speaking against the Church's teachings.

The school has not publicly said why Ostendorf was fired, KARE 11 reported.

"Leaving a place of employment is a private matter between an employer and employee," the school said in a statement.

Ostendorf taught English at Totino-Grace for 18 years.

She is one of two staff members to part ways with the school in less than three months because of their sexual identity.

Dr. William Hudson, former president of Totino-Grace, resigned after revealing he is gay. He was recently appointed as the director of institutional advancement at Mounds Park Academy in Maplewood.

A Highland Park spokesperson told the Star Tribune that Ostendorf is teaching accelerated International Baccalaureate courses to ninth- and 10th-graders as well as 11th grade English.

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