JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – Cathi Absalom never wanted to be a teacher, so she started out her career as an accountant.
Even after a student teacher job led her into education she knew she just wanted to teach older children which, you know what they say about the best-laid plans.
Her mother, sister, and grandmother were all teachers and now she understands why they loved it so much.
Absalom has been the first-grade teacher at Southside Elementary for the past ten years and she says she wouldn’t change a thing.
She teaches 17 students per day in all subjects.
She says there is nothing better than watching a first grader learn to read for the first time.
“My goal ever year is having them learn her knowing how to read. We spend a lot of time reading. We make it enjoyable. We go outside, we make it a fun experience. We want it to be fun in first grade,” said Absalom.
Congratulations to Cathi Absalom: This week’s Educator of the Week.