Hi! I'm Ms. Cathi!
I'm a native Floridian, born and raised in the sunshine state. I love the beaches, lakes, pools and sun! I moved to Washington in 2019 to be a "Glamma" when my granddaughter Mila was born. She and my grandson Michael are the loves of my life, along with their parents. I raised 3 amazing children; Brandon (34), graduate of West Point Military Academy and currently a Green Beret in the US Army, Jenni (32), adopted from the Philippines and currently a medical billing/customer service rep., and Megan (29), graduate of the University of Central Florida and an award winning wedding photographer here in Washington.
While raising my three children, I took 19 years off from teaching in public schools. This allowed me to be very active and engaged in their education. I wouldn’t trade that time for anything! I strongly believe in parent involvement in education and work hard to keep parents of my students informed and engaged. I wrote my masters thesis on the subject, therefore I have numerous ideas and suggestions to get and keep parents involved.
I have a bachelor’s degree in Family & Consumer Science from Florida State University and a master’s degree in Educational Administration & Supervision from National Louis University. I am a certified teacher in the state of Florida as well as here in Washington. I have taught in all three grade level schools including elementary, middle and high school. But my passion is with the kinder kids; Preschool and Kindergarten! I was evaluated as an innovative teacher in 2019, after completion of seven years as a Kindergarten teacher and team leader.
In my spare time, I enjoy hiking and being outdoors and exploring my new surroundings. I am falling in love with the mountains! I also enjoy baking, sewing, crafts of all kinds and scrapbooking. I love to relax and read novels, magazines, self-help books and children’s stories. There is so much we can learn from others, young and old! I am a lifetime learner and strive to instill that in everyone I meet!