There's no denying Cathy Damm's love for reading, or her students. It's written all over her classroom. Now, the longtime Spartanburg District Five teacher is being honored for her work to ignite that passion for literacy every day in her classroom. Damm, who teaches 7th grade advanced ELA at Florence Chapel Middle School, was recognized as the 2020-21 Spartanburg County Distinguinshed Literacy Teacher of the Year! The award, given annually by the SC Chapter of the Palmetto State Literacy Association, recognizes excellence in reading instruction. Damm was selected from educators across the county for the honor.
Damm, a teacher for 28 years, describes her teaching style as a "kaleidoscope", which has many colorful facets that form into beautiful creations: her students. Even after 28 years, the veteran teacher says "there's always something new to learn", and she's eager to try new strategies in order to increase her students love of reading. She says "reading clears a passage to the world", and by inspiring a love for the subject, she's helping her students prepare for their future.
As part of the honor, Damm earns a trip to the SCIRA (SC International Reading Association) conference in Hilton Head. Congratulations Mrs. Damm!