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September Alumnae Spotlight, Barbie Corte Oltmann, Merry Mac of 2003

In what ways did your Ursuline education prepare you for the work you’re doing now?

During my time as a student, I didn’t always appreciate the values being taught to me. The adolescent years are challenging - peer pressure, acceptance, emotional and physical changes. However, as an adult, I look back on those years and know that Ursuline is to thank for my success. I most certainly gained the core values of Ursuline, even when it seemed as though they were falling on deaf ears. I think this speaks volumes to the character building that Ursuline Academy instills in each and every student. As an educator, I like to remind myself of how I once was as a student. I might not have always been the easiest, but each and every student deserves a chance. I owe every teacher that I crossed paths with during those three years because without each and every one of them, I would not be the strong, intelligent, independent woman that I am today. 

Please describe the most significant value you learned from Ursuline Academy.

The most significant value I’ve learned from Ursuline would be family and friendship. Through everything that has happened in my life since graduation - Hurricane Katrina, college, marriage, raising a child of my own, losing my father, and now COVID-19, I know that the only thing that’s constant is the love and support from family and friends. I have created lifelong friendships at Ursuline, both as a student and educator. These friendships have created a sense of belonging and purpose for me. They have inspired me to be a better person and have supported me throughout both personal and professional experiences. These women have helped to create some of the most cherished memories of my life.

Describe Ursuline in one word. Explain.  

I would describe Ursuline as home. When you walk through the halls of Ursuline, you immediately feel a sense of comfort and love. When I returned back to Ursuline as a teacher 13 years later, I knew immediately that I was where God wanted me to be. It’s what grounds me with my passion of inspiring young minds and shaping my students to have the same love and support that I received. 

About Barbie Corte Oltmann

Barbie Corte Oltmann is a proud Mac of 2003. She attended Ursuline for three years, beginning in her sophomore year. After graduation, Barbie attended Southeastern Louisiana University where she obtained a Bachelor's in Marketing. She always knew deep down that teaching was her passion, so she immediately enrolled in a teacher certification program at Our Lady of Holy Cross College. Now in her twelfth year of teaching, she has taught kindergarten, second, third and fourth grades in both public and private schools. Making her way back to Ursuline has been the best decision she’s ever made.

Barbie lives with her husband, Erik and their nine year old son, Owen in Lakeview, New Orleans. She and her husband like to pretend they are Gordon Ramsay by cooking intricate recipes together. As a family, they love game nights, fishing and traveling. In her spare time, she enjoys going for runs through City Park with her sweet pup, Hero.
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