Cathy Grueter
First Grade homeroom teacher

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A native Alabamian and graduate of Sewanee, the University of the South with a BA in psychology, Cathy has been teaching at Aspen Country Day School since 2010. She previously taught Kindergarten at a Waldorf School and worked at the Buddy Program in Aspen for nine years as a case manager, program coordinator, and eventually as program director. She and her husband are parents of an ACDS graduate and a current student.

Teacher Cathy Grueter with a student at a classroom desk

Dream dinner guests?

Jesus. I would just have lots of questions, right? And Marie Antoinette. I feel like she was a very misunderstood character in history. Maybe Jerry Garcia. I think he would have lots of fun stories to hear. 

Interviewer: Who’s that?

Look it up.

What is it you love about our school?

The individuals, the people, the teachers. And the size. Students can get so much attention from their teachers. Not much slips through the cracks. We know you so well, from PreK through Eighth Grade, we know everybody. And of course the physical space, our little pocket of winter wonderland, Narnia. And as a teacher, the freedom to teach in a way that inspires me and inspires the kids.

Why is First Grade important?

The FIrst Grade is where so much of the magic happens. Teaching kids how to read, and seeing how children change and grow up in the First Grade from September to May — the progress, growth, and development astound me. 

Student interview: Cathy with Jay Z. and Bode M.