Hello! My name is Kathy Cornelius and I have worked at Cullender for 26 years. My husband, Mike, and I have been married 30 years. We have three children and four grandchildren with one on the way! We have twin sons that are both married. Cole and his wife, Allisa, have three children, Addison, Caegon and Creed. Chase and his wife, Elisabeth have one son, Cannon. Our daughter, Shelbi, and her husband Caleb are expecting their first child in March.
Cullender is a very special place to me. I began teaching here fresh out of college in 1983. I remember celebrating my 21st birhday that year. I married my second year of teaching and taught until 1988 when my sons were born. I was a stay at home mom for seven years. During that time, I squeezed in another year of teaching and had my daughter in 1991. I returned to Cullender and have been here ever since.
My teaching career has been a blessing. For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to teach. My mother tells of when I was a young child, I would line up all my dolls and teach in my bedroom. I would teach blending sounds for hours. My first words were mat, pat, sat, cat and hat. My teaching was patterned after my very special first grade teacher, Mrs. Bertha Dayton. I love working with children and I especially love teaching students how to read. A few years back, I became engrossed in the reading process. I am very interested in the latest reading research and reading strategies. I believe in giving children every opportunity possible to become successful readers. It is exciting and truly a joy to be a part of teaching children to read and helping those who struggle.