Rockwood School District officials recently announced that high school-level Teacher of the Year Dr. Cathy Farrar has been selected as the district-level Teacher of the Year for 2020-2021.
“I’m surrounded by great educators, so it’s really awesome to be recognized,” said Farrar. “It’s an honor to be in the Rockwood school community.”
Farrar has taught science at Marquette High since 2012. She earned her bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Missouri – St. Louis.
A National Board Certified Teacher since 2018, Farrar says that teaching is a form of art.
“Many components need to be assembled in just the right manner so that a student can learn,” said Farrar. “This complement of instruction and practice is unique for each student and can change depending on what is going on that day or even another student’s questions in class.”
Farrar fosters student excellence through her focus on real-world skills, challenges her students to become scientists and wants them to understand that learning is a collaborative effort.
“I want them to understand we are in it together, and if the goal is to become better, it is more important to focus on what needs work,” said Farrar. “This makes the moment I tell them, ‘Wow, that was good. What an improvement over where you started,’ they know I mean it.”
As the winner of the district-level Teacher of the Year, Farrar is now eligible to compete at the regional and state level in the Missouri Teacher of the Year program, which is conducted annually by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.