Memorial High School 2014 Teacher of the Year - Cathy Bottoms

Cathy Bottoms
Memorial High School
Newspaper, Photojournalism, Fine Arts Photography, Electronic Media, Advanced Placement Fine Arts Photography (12th Grade)

Sam Houston State University (Huntsville, Texas) Bachelor of Arts, Secondary Teaching, 1978

Teaching History                                    
Memorial High School, Spring Branch ISD, 2004-Present
Northbrook High School, SBISD, 1980-2004
McReynolds Junior High School, Houston ISD, 1978-1980

36 years total of teaching experience

In her own words…

“Memorial High School and SBISD have supported me through come creative ideas. I was given the opportunity to launch a summer school photography program in 2007 with National Geographic. I have been around the world with this “adventurous idea.” This summer (2014), I will travel with 16 students to Iceland. What wonderful memories Memorial High School has provided me.”

In the words of others…

“Cathy does not let dust settle under her feet or those of her students. She is focused, passionate and extremely caring of each of her student’s talent. She takes the brightest students further and extends the basics for the newcomers.”                       
Bill Lakin, Memorial High Principal

“I have taught for over 40 years in four states in both public and private schools. Cathy Bottoms is one of the most outstanding teachers I have had the good fortune to know and collaborate with at Memorial.”                                                                        –Cathleen May, Memorial High Art Teacher

Selected Honors, Awards & Activities:

Lead Journalism Teacher, Spring Branch ISD, 2007- Present
Future Teacher Trainer, 2014

Edith Fox King Outstanding Journalism Teacher in the State, 2012


Spring Branch ISD