Erin Cady
Erin Cady
Erin Cady put on her mother's shoes and found home.

"I followed in my mother's footsteps when it came to picking my profession. Over the years, I job shadowed in her classroom at Jefferson Elementary in Rochester and always enjoyed my time there. I also have watched members of my family struggle with their education, and this motivated my choice of going into the special education field," said Cady, Kingsland's new K-6 special education instructor.

This will be her first year teaching, and she's very excited. Erin graduated from Lanesboro High School in 2006, received her undergraduate degree in speech pathology in 2010, and received her special education degree this past May from Mankato State University.

She seized the opportunity to teach at Kingsland Elementary School because she's proud to have attended a small school. "Growing up, I loved attending a small school. My goal after graduating was to find a district that really felt like home, and I felt this way the minute I stepped into Kingsland Schools. Everybody was very welcoming and really seemed to love their job."

She anticipates meeting her students and colleagues. "I am excited to get to know the staff and become a member of the teaching community. I can't wait to be involved in activities and attend sporting events and other activities for the district.

"I also can't wait to meet my students. The beauty of being a special education teacher is that you can have the same student from kindergarten to sixth grade and then still see them around in the high school. It's very rewarding to be able to watch your students change and grow over their school career."

Cady would like to build her students' confidence. "I think the most important thing we can teach children is that learning can be fun and is worthwhile. I'd like to teach the students that despite their challenges in the learning process, they can still achieve their goals."

Specifically, she hopes to incorporate technology into her instruction. "I recently purchased a book of experiments that I can't wait to work on. I also am very excited about using the iPads to enhance my students learning."

Cady continued, "I hope I form a relationship with my students that promotes trust and allows them to feel comfortable around me. I feel that they will work better in a classroom that they feel like home in."

The first-year teacher is up for the challenges of her job, beginning with navigating the school hallways and meeting everyone. "As this is my first year of teaching, I anticipate many challenges. Getting to know a new district system and keeping deadlines with due process paperwork come to mind first. However, simply learning the students' and teachers' names and getting my bearings in both the Wykoff and Spring Valley schools will be a challenge as well. I'm excited to get started and teach the students to work to their highest potential."

Cady currently lives in Lanesboro, sharing her parents' home with her immediate family and her husband. Her mother teaches at Jefferson Elementary in Rochester and her father works at Valley Design in Fountain. She has one sister, Halle, who is 15, and one brother, Collin, who is 13.

She got married Oct. 8, 2011, to Justin Cady. He works at Park Place Motor Cars in Rochester.

"I also have a golden retriever named Cooper who is 2 years old, and a cat named Frankie who is 6. My husband and I just purchased a home in Chatfield, and we will be moving the first week of school.

"Currently, my spare time is dedicated to finding decor ideas for my new home. I spend a lot of time on the computer, Pinterest, finding these ideas. I also enjoy reading, shopping, traveling, and spending time with my family."