My name is Cathy Fernandez. I am entering my 15th year as an educator and this will be my fifth year as a Falcon. If you had told me that I was going to be a teacher, I would have said that you were mistaken. Education has been the primary profession for my family and growing up I always said I was not going to carry on that tradition. I am living proof of “never say never." Here is my unconventional pathway to my career in education.
I was born in Marietta and graduated from Wheeler High School. I earned my B.A. in Sociology from Elon University in North Carolina. While in North Carolina, I conducted mediations for the juvenile and adult court systems. I later moved to Florida, where I worked for grant programs in middle schools teaching a conflict resolution curriculum. It was in Florida that I finally answered the calling to be in the classroom full time. I completed the transition to teaching program and have not looked back since. I earned my masters degree in curriculum and instruction at Berry College and I just graduated with my specialist degree at the University of West Georgia…so the joys and challenges of being a student are very fresh in my mind.
I am grateful to be a member of the E.T. Booth family and know we are going to have a wonderful year.