Affton High School English teacher Cathy Cartier can now add "Missouri Teacher of the Year" award recipient to her resume.
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education says Cartier came to teaching later in life, following a career in social work. She also then served as a substitute teacher in the school district where she now works.
"I know that when I build relationships with my students I can aim high," Cartier said. "They will always amaze me."
Cartier is also a teacher consultant for the Gateway Writing Project and has guest lectured at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She also earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, a Master of Education degree in Secondary Education – Curriculum and Instruction and a certificate in the Teaching of Writing at UMSL.
Next is the National Teacher of the Year competition, where Cartier will be Missouri's representative.