Catherine has a strong core belief in the importance of play in the early childhood years and believes that children learn best through play that is facilitated in a nurturing and educational environment. This belief has been shaped through her own education and experiences. As a parent and an educator, she has sat on both sides of the table during special education meetings.
Cathy completed her undergraduate degree from Illinois State University with certification to teach birth through grade 8 and endorsements in special education through grade 3 and mathematics for grades 6 – 8. For 11 years, she taught preKindergarten (early years 4) in a small suburb outside of Chicago. During that time she completed a masters program in Curriculum and Instruction with Northern Illinois University. She also worked together with the special education team to develop an inclusion program for preschool students.
After the birth of her third son, Cathy took some time off from teaching in the schools. During that time she took basic training for Wilson Reading Program, a program that systematically teaches the structure of the English language and is often used with students who have dyslexia. She worked closely with her son’s school district and implemented the program together with the reading specialist.
Cathy and her family made their first international move to Stockholm in December of 2018. In the spring of 2020 she began working as a substitute teacher, spending most of her days in the music room. She began teaching in the EY3 classroom in the fall of 2020. In the fall of 2021 she began teaching in an EY4 classroom. She enjoys working in an international community and marvels at the development of the English language in young children.
Outside of school, Cathy enjoys rock climbing, hiking, camping, ice skating and practicing yoga.