Cathie Thomasma Second Grade
I was born and raised in Sturgis, the only daughter of Paul and Jean Casault. My seven brothers and I attended Sturgis Schools and graduated from Sturgis High School. Both my parents were teachers for Sturgis Schools.
My husband Mike and I live north of Sturgis in the woods. We have 6 children, 6 grandchildren (#7 is due in the spring), 3 cats and any number of squirrels, raccoons and deer that visit our back yard..
Our oldest son Charlie is married to Lynn and they have 3 children, Wyatt 18 and Josey 15, and Michael who will be 3 in October. They live in Utah, which is much too far away for this grandma!
Our son Jon returned from teaching at a university in China and has finished his Masters of Accounting at the University of Texas in Austin. He is working at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Austin. He met his wife in China and they were married last year. Lisa works as a translator for an insurance company.
Our daughter Suzanne is married to Keith, they live in Shelbyville. She is an elementary music teacher for the Hopkins school district and Keith is a tree specialist for Bartlett Tree Service.
Our daughter Betsie is married to Joe, they live in Taylor with grandsons, Zackary who turned 4 this summer and his twin brothers, Franklin and Thomas who were 1 in July. Betsie is a busy mother and Joe works for Chase Bank.
Our daughter Sarah is a forensic biologist and works for the Michigan State Police in the crime lab. Sarah and her husband Ben were married last fall. Ben works is an architect for TowerPinkster in Kalamazoo so they live in Marshall which is mid-way.
Our youngest daughter, Elsa is currently living and working in the Philippines. Elsa volunteered there for extended periods of time and now has a full time job working for the GoAbroad website as a content editor. She continues to fund raise to help families in the Philippines improve their living conditions. Most recently she worked with our home parish, Holy Angels, to raise over $25,000 to build a community evacuation center that has just been completed.
I did my undergraduate studies at Nazareth College in Kalamazoo and spent one year at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. I graduated from Nazareth with a degree in elementary education and learning disabilities. I received my Master's degree from Western Michigan University a few years later.
I joined the Sturgis Public Schools staff in January of 1979 as a kindergarten teacher and after a few years transferred to a second grade classroom. I have now been teaching in Sturgis for 35 years.
Julia McGowan and I will be teaching partners this year for a group of 2nd graders. I will be teaching in the afternoon and will focus primarily on math, social studies and science. Julia's focus will be on language arts
I spent my summer helping and visiting with grandchildren, sewing, reading books and spending time with my family.
If you have questions or concerns please call the school 269-659-1575 or send me an email.
Charlie and Lynn's Wedding 2007 Suzy and Keith's Wedding 2008
Betsie and Joe's Wedding 2009 Jon and Lisa March 2012
Sarah and Ben's Wedding September 2012
Elsa and children in the new community evacuation center.
My grandkids New Year 2013