Mrs. Emily McCarthy teaches
fourth grade here at
St. Katharine Drexel School. She has been with SKDS since 1992. Prior to
her service here, Mrs. McCarthy taught for four years at St. James Catholic
School in Washington, Iowa (grades 4, 5 and 6) and for four years at
Washington School in Waupun, Wis. (grades 5 and 6).
When asked why she became a teacher, Mrs. McCarthy replied, “I have
always enjoyed working with children. They are enthusiastic and eager to
learn new things. It is so neat to watch them grow and mature.”
There are many things Mrs. McCarthy likes about being a teacher. She
said, “I love the students, they make my job fun. We have a very
dedicated staff at SKDS, who are always there when you need them. The
SKDS families are also so supportive of the school. I enjoy coming to
Mrs. McCarthy grew up in Freeport, Illinois in a family of 15 children
(11 girls and 4 boys). She and all her siblings attended Catholic grade
school and high school.
Mrs. McCarthy and her husband Todd have three children: Eric (Tammi), Erin
(Luke), and Briana (Damien).
She has one granddaughter, Kenadie, and seven step grandchildren. All of their children attended school here from preschool through eighth
grade. In her free time, Mrs. McCarthy enjoys walking, biking,
exercising, reading, gardening and working in the yard. She also enjoys
watching sporting events.
Mrs. McCarthy’s words of advice for students: “Never give up. You can be
whatever you would like to be if you work for it.”
Her favorite quotation: “When you believe in yourself, anything is