|Story Lady Keeps Passion Alive|
|Written by Mike Woody|
|Wednesday, 04 December 2013 00:00|
Though in a new chapter of her life, Cathy Drake’s theme of being passionate about books and children does not change.
Those qualities make her the ideal Story Lady for Child Care Choices, a position she started this year, after retiring from a 32 year teaching career. Drake is nowhere near the end of her mission to introduce legions of young minds to the joys of reading.
In 2012, Drake retired from Troy City Schools, where she had taught Kindergarten and first grade for 25 years (taught at a private school for 7 years prior) and missed having a classroom. As the Story Lady she’s able to still do what she enjoyed most about teaching. “My favorite things are reading to children and getting them engaged with literature,” she said.
Child Care Choices is a non-profit resource and referral agency that identifies child care providers for Miami County families. It also provides child care information, training, and support for families and child care providers. As the Story Lady, Drake visits daycares, preschools and the homes of child care providers to read and also lead in an educational activity. There are three sessions a year, in which she must include Science, Social Skills and Math.
To become the Story Lady was a dream come true for Drake, who first heard about the position while reading a newspaper five years ago. She cut the article out and never let herself forget it. “I kept praying and wishing to get the opportunity to be the Story Lady. It’s the perfect job for a retired teacher,” said Drake.
The passion to educate children comes naturally to Drake as her grandmother and mother, Ruth Ann White were both teachers. “It was a lifestyle for us to work with children,” she said, “and we all have a great love of books.”
Drake knows the importance of the Story Lady getting children interested in reading as it’s the foundation to everything. “They will be lifelong learners if connected to books,” she said.