Updated: Sep 22
From a young age Cathie Greer knew she wanted to be a teacher.
"I always loved playing teacher when I was a child. I was always the teacher and my younger brother and sister were the students," she said. "I always wanted to help those who struggled mostly in school to let them know they can do whatever they put their mind to."
Cathie serves as the Spanish teacher at St. Cyprian's Episcopal School. She said one of the best things about being a teacher is when she sees the students use the Spanish language to greet her in the hallways or respond to her in Spanish.
Keep reading to learn more about Cathie Greer and what her favorite phrases in Spanish are.
SCES: Tell us about yourself. Cathie: I was born in New York and moved to Pennsylvania when I was eight. From there, we moved to Ecuador in South America for my middle school and high school years. I graduated from East Texas Baptist University with a teaching degree with a specialization in Spanish and reading. I went on to receive my Masters in Early Childhood with a bilingual certification from Stephen F. Austin State University. After several years, I went to Sam Houston State University for a Masters in Educational Leadership. I have been in education for 33 years. In the time I have been in education, I have been a teacher, an assistant principal, a bilingual coordinator, and a testing coordinator.
SCES: Why did you become a teacher? Cathie: I always loved playing teacher when I was a child. I was always the teacher and my younger brother and sister were the students. I always wanted to help those who struggled mostly in school to let them know they can do whatever they put their mind to.
SCES: Why did you choose to teach at SCES? Cathie: I had retired from public education and was thinking about doing something different, but I believe St. Cyprian's found me. God totally had his hand on the whole thing!
SCES: What can students expect when they enter your classroom? Cathie: Students can be expected to be loved, treated fairly, have high expectations, and to learn how to read, write, and speak Spanish the proper way with the proper accent.
SCES: How are you innovative in your classroom? Cathie: My goal is always to make learning enjoyable. I am always researching better ways to teach. I teach through songs, movement, poetry, projects, reading, internet, and cultural experiences.
SCES: What is the best thing about being a teacher? Cathie: I think the best thing about being a teacher is when you see the children beginning to use the Spanish language to greet me in the hallways or respond to me in Spanish. I also love keeping up with all of my former students and just watching them grow and flourish into what God has designed them to be.
SCES: What is your favorite phrase in Spanish? I have two favorite phrases in Spanish: todo el mundo sonríe en el mismo idioma - the whole world smiles in the same language; nunca te rindas - never give up.