As a child, she herself attended the San Mateo cooperative nursery school. From age 5, Cathy attended the Mill Valley public school system and she is a graduate from Tamalpais High School. She performed her student practicum at the Mill Valley Nursery School, and has been an assistant teacher at Old Mill, and Park Schools in Mill Valley. Until recently, Cathy had been a long term Mill Valley resident. Before being asked by the membership to assume the position of Director of the Mill Valley Nursery School, she was director of another pre-school.
Cathy holds a Multiple Subject Credential from Sonoma State University with an emphasis on early childhood education, and has acquired numerous post graduate credentials.