Beach Elementary Teacher
Cathy Trent Retires
Fourth Grade Beach Elementary teacher Cathy Trent can’t remember how many years she’s been teaching at our island school. "I’ve been teaching in Florida for 22 years, and I think I’ve been here the last 7 or 8 years,” she said with a short laugh and a dismissive wave of her hand. After you spend some time listening to this veteran teacher talk about her career in elementary education, you realize that she isn’t in the game for the points, or accolades, or a medal for years of service; she’s always been in it for one thing and one thing only, "It’s the kids.”Since "forever,” Cathy Trent wanted to teach. "I’ve always wanted to be a teacher,” she says with certainty and obviously heartfelt emotion. "There was nothing else.” As a child growing up in Columbus, Georgia, the oldest of three children, Cathy would pass her playtime pretending to lead her ‘students’ (neighborhood friends, siblings) through their lessons.