Background: Cathy Thomas is an executive assistant at Bellwether Education Partners. She has many years of administrative experience, and prior to joining Bellwether, worked for various organizations including a university, an international gift and home decor company, and a commercial real estate firm. She's married and has two adult sons, Evan and Carson. Cathy earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Kansas. She's volunteered with several organizations including Big Brothers Big Sisters and as an ESL tutor. Cathy resides in the Kansas City area and loves to travel, spend time with friends, and is a die-hard fan of the Kansas City Chiefs and KU basketball.
Why I do this work: Several years ago, I worked as a paraprofessional in my local public school district, assisting students with special needs. I saw how well-funded schools have the resources to assist students in many ways, but also know there are millions of students in the U.S. who don't have equal access to a high-quality education. There are so many challenges our education system faces, and it's a pleasure to work for an organization with people dedicated to overcoming the educational inequities in our country and helping students reach their full potential.