Education - Teachers First

Nov 29, 2012 6:01 PM by Andy Koen

English teacher goes to great lengths to connect with students

FLORENCE, COLORADO - Florence High School's Cathy Wasmuth was a stay-at-home mom for years before she ever thought of becoming a teacher. It was only after her children were grown that she decided to go back to school.

"I was terrified," the English and Creative Writing teacher recalled. "I was 47 years old, everyone around me was younger and smarter, they knew how to run the computers, I'd never word processed anything, I was terrified."

But she made it through and after graduation landed here helping high schoolers express themselves. She says it's not an easy age group to reach.

"They can spot a phony a mile away, they will turn you off if patronize them, they want your honesty, they want your sincerity and they want to know that you care about them."

Which might explain why she goes to such lengths to connect with her students.

"I go to their band concerts and I go to their plays at school and I go to the football games and I try to see them in the different areas that they're engaged in," Wasmuth said.

That extra effort doesn't go unnoticed. Senior Desiray Stenzel says Wasmuth is "the most dedicated teacher ever."

As a freshman, she connected so well with Mrs. Wasmuth that she's taken her classes every year since.

"She's made my experience in high school a wonderful one."

For taking the time to reach all of her students, Cathy Wasmuth is our November Teachers First award winner.

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