Catherine Scratch

What do you teach?
I teach a wide range of grades and skills, but my background and experience is in Writing, Reading, and the Humanities. I love teaching young, emergent readers all the way up to high school students writing literary essays about Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Having a wide variety of students helps keep me on my toes!

Why did you become a teacher?
I’ve been a teacher ever since I was a toddler, mimicking by parents by teaching my stuffed animals the alphabet using my tiny chalkboard and best teacher voice. Throughout my life, I have always been drawn to roles where I help people. I get great satisfaction and joy from building relationships with students, being their mentor and cheerleader. Watching my students grow, gaining independence and confidence in themselves, warms my heart on a daily basis. 

How would your students describe you?
I would be described as creative, engaging, and energetic during our lessons, while also empathetic and supportive when times are tough. 

What’s your favourite challenge to help students overcome?
One of the most rewarding parts of teaching at RRLS is working with students who have been struggling to learn how to read. So often these types of students are battling all sorts of confidence issues. There is nothing better than watching a student’s self-concept improve after giving them the tools and information that they need in order to read, combined with a safe and supportive environment. 

What’s your favourite thing about working at RRLS?
There are so many favourite things about working at RRLS, but the community and camaraderie between the staff is high on my list. Everyone I work with is truly passionate about education and helping students achieve their best and the positive attitude is contagious. Tied for first place is having the privilege of working with students in a 1-to-1 setting where I can make meaningful connections, foster progress, and work with students to increase self-confidence. 

What’s your favourite way to spend an afternoon?
Afternoons are best spent hiking or playing in the sunshine with my partner and toddler. They are even better with a coffee in one hand and a vegan pastry in the other.