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Wildcat of the Week
Wildcat of the Week
Patty Oakley
Friday, March 24, 2017

WILDCAT OF THE WEEK

Kathy Marble, Special Education Teacher

at West Bridgewater Middle-Senior High School

What is your educational background?

I received my Bachelor's degree from North Adams State College (MCLA), my post Baccalaureate from Bridgewater State University and my Master’s degree in Special Education from Endicott College.

What made you choose teaching as a career?

After graduating from North Adams, I worked at Cardinal Cushing School and Training Centers and when the opportunity was presented to me to earn my teaching degree, I took it. I had the opportunity to stay at Cardinal Cushing as a teacher, but wanted to explore the public school setting. Once I completed my student teaching here in WB, there was no going back.

Can you describe a favorite teaching moment?

Often times the students I have the most contact with are under the impression that they are notas capable as I believe them to be. We all have our strengths and weaknesses, but many students only see their weaknesses. When I am able to help a student find that strength that helps them realize that they can accomplish their goals—it’s what matters. For me, it’s not about the curriculum as much as it is about helping students recognize their importance and realizing their abilities.

What do you do for fun?

Spending time with family, crossword puzzles, gardening, road trips

What are your favorite foods?

Italian American

What kind of music do you enjoy?

Country, classic rock

What movies do you like?

I am always up for a good suspense thriller, although I often times have my eyespartially covered, and romantic comedies are always fun.

What books do you enjoy?

A good mystery such as Only the Truth by Adam Croft or anything by James Patterson.

What Is your favorite way to spend a weekend?

I love spending time with my family. I am always game for a good beach day, shopping or working on a project around the house, whether it’s organizing, painting or a new idea from Pinterest!

What do you love about teaching in West Bridgewater?

I love my students and the people I work with. I love the opportunities our small district has to offer; the camaraderie, the support from the community and the relationships that are developed.

A fun fact about you?

When I first began teaching, my plan was to work with the younger students. When a position at the high school became available, I took it, but intended on only working there for a year untila teacher at RLM retired. By the end of the year, I had changed my plan and I could not imagine it any other way.