Sister Catherine grew up on an Illinois farm along with two brothers (twins) and a sister. Her favorite activity was “playing school”. Often, her siblings ran the other direction when she suggested “let’s play school”; so, she taught dolls and teddy bears!! Throughout her elementary years, her teachers developed her love for reading and writing. She was often found with a book in hand and was very engaged in the writing process. She vividly remembers writing a story that had a “long winding wisteria vine.”
Catherine holds a B.A. from the University of St. Francis; a master’s in elementary education with a specialization in reading from the University of Illinois-Champaign; an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Administration from University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN; and received her Ed.D in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Sarasota (now Agrosy University)
During her undergraduate studies, she decided to respond to God’s call to enter the Springfield, Illinois Dominican Community.
Catherine published and authored numerous articles, and presented at several national conferences (for a full list, please see curriculum vitae). Presently, Sister Catherine combines her love for teaching and writing each day by embracing many opportunities to share her knowledge and passions with her students and she no longer has to “play school.”