Rager, Catherine (5th Grade)

Welcome to our Classroom 
Catherine Rager
 
As I child, I dreamed of becoming a teacher.  I never wanted, nor did I even consider, any other profession.  My husband and I are eleven year residents of the Leicester community, having moved here from Mississippi.  We have two adult sons, one daughter-in-law, and four grandchildren living on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Our youngest son is a sailor in the United States Navy. We are never sure just where he is, but he is never far from our thoughts and prayers.

We are blessed to be able to live in one of the most beautiful regions in the United States!  Our favorite season is whichever it happens to be at that time! My hobbies include cooking, reading, cross stitching, apple picking, sitting beside the fire on a cold night, and playing in the snow with our dog, Maggie.
 
 As I enter my classroom each day, I bring 33 years of classroom experience. With all of my years in the classroom, I still get excited about the new school year. Excited to meet the students with whom I will share this year. Excited to meet their parents. Excited for the many learning opportunities for my students and for me. Excited to see these young minds grow as they learn this year. New ideas. New names. New smiles. New memories.

My classroom experience includes 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade.  I have a three years experience teaching at the upper middle school level, and one year in Kindergarten.  As a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS,  I hold a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education. In May 2009, I graduated from Montreat College with a Masters of Art in Elementary Education.  I hold a current license to teach in the great state of North Carolina.
 
Teaching has certainly changed over the years. It is my goal to bring current teaching strategies and research based ideas into the classroom, to benefit your child as they learn and grow.  

I work from a growth mindset perspective and believe that children, as well as adults, are each on a learning curve. I believe that there are indeed times when my students become my teacher. Those moments are most precious to me. 

             Happy New Year!  Welcome to Eblen!  Let's get excited about learning!