Mrs. Cathie "Cathie" Kaplan
“I think it is especially important for children to have exposure to nature and to animals in the classroom. Potomac has a long history of connecting children to the natural world.”
As a young child, I enjoyed being outdoors. Living across from a park in DC and having a backyard gave me many opportunities to explore and appreciate nature. Animals also played a large role in my life. I grew up with dogs, cats, hamsters and turtles and learned the importance of caring for them. I think it is especially important for children to have exposure to nature and to animals in the classroom. Potomac has a long history of connecting children to the natural world. The campus is an amazing resource for teachers. It is with great pride that I continue this legacy.
After high school and college, I worked summers with several veterinarians, taught at The Smithsonian and at the Potomac Science Camp. After graduating from college, I taught at Durham Academy before coming to Potomac as a K through 3 science teacher. I have had many opportunities to further my learning. One of my most memorable ones was taking a class at a Marine lab and learning firsthand about dolphins.
Growing up, I had many gifted teachers. Many of whom were an inspiration to me. Patience, good listening skills and a passion for their subject were qualities that they all possessed. There have been many changes at Potomac over the years, however one thing has remained the same, and that is the curiosity and enthusiasm of the students.