After graduating from the University of Illinois in 1973, Cathy began her teaching career at Leal Elementary School in Urbana. Cathy taught 3rd and 4th grade in the same building for 34 years before retiring in 2007. During her teaching career, Cathy continued her education by earning a Master's of Education from the University of Illinois and attending and presenting at numerous education conferences throughout the state. About her role, Cathy says "I believe as teachers we are facilitators of learning, and must encourage our students to challenge themselves to learn how to learn, be independent learners, to explore, discover, research, record and share their discoveries in a cooperative manner."
Cathy has continued to work with students of all grade levels as a substitute teacher at Leal School since her retirement and plans on continuing to do what she loves most--teaching and encouraging young children to be the best they can be!