My name is Cathy Ponsano. I come from a long line of teachers! My great-great-aunt, my grandmother, many great-aunts and my father were all teachers. Several of my siblings are also educators. I resisted the family calling until I was bitten by the teaching bug while volunteering in my children’s classrooms. After getting my Teaching Credential from Humboldt State University, I taught 4th, 5th, and 6th grade in Eureka California for 12 years, including 3 years of Science. I researched alternatives to traditional education after taking a year off to care for my granddaughter Rosie in Sacramento, and discovered that the Montessori education fit my values and beliefs about child development. I moved to Portland, Oregon to get my Montessori training in ages 3-6, receiving my AMI Primary certification. Returning to Sacramento, I taught 2 years at a private Montessori school at preschool age, and had the opportunity to work in lower and upper elementary classes, as well as substituting in preschool and toddler classes. When I discovered there was a network of public Montessori schools through CMP, I was very excited because my heart is in public education. I co-taught in a 6-9 classroom at the CMP Elk Grove campus for a year, and then worked as a TA in the Gray Whale classroom here at Capitol campus. I fell in love with the children, families, and staff at this campus, and I was thrilled when a lower elementary teaching position became available here. This is my fifth year teaching the Golden Trout class. I am very passionate about Montessori education. During my spare time, I love cooking vegan food, knitting, crocheting, hiking, going to museums, reading, and spending time with my children and grandchildren.