Cathy Newman earned a B.S. in education at Illinois State University and spent a year in public schools in the north suburbs of Chicago before heading to Chicago to begin her work as an assistant in a large Montessori school. The following year she moved to Italy to take her Elementary Montessori training.
After her training in Bergamo, Italy, in 1986-87, Cathy returned to Near North Montessori and worked as a guide in a 6-9 class for three years. Heeding the call of the Pacific Northwest, she relocated in 1990 to guide a small elementary program at SunGarden Montessori in West Linn, Oregon.
When SunGarden expanded its operations into Portland, Cathy built the 6-9 program into the first 9-12-year-old classroom guiding these programs at Two Rivers for 6 years until she refocused her energies on her own family in 1996.
In 2001, she joined Odyssey Montessori’s Board of Directors, and then served as one of the school’s co-administrators. In 2002, Cathy officially became Odyssey’s Head of School, working closely with staff and parents to support Odyssey’s mission of excellence.
In 2007, Odyssey and Two Rivers combined into one school, Sunstone Montessori School and Cathy was asked to continue as the Head of School of the merged schools. In 2015 Cathy celebrated her 30th year in Montessori! Cathy continues to foster excellence in all work that takes place at Sunstone, from the Toddler Community through Elementary.
When not at work she enjoys spending time with her two daughters, relaxing, enjoying time with friends, and frequenting the wonderful restaurants of Portland, traveling, reading, knitting, swimming and taking long walks. Maybe one of these days, she will complete some of those things on her to-do list-like learning to meditate, dancing more, and take Italian language classes!