Henrico’s Top Teachers – Catherine Saydlowski

Catherine Saydlowski’s passion for music and theater began early in her childhood, but she abandoned her dreams of becoming a pop icon and turned to teaching when her mother told her she may need a fallback.

Today, Saydlowski has transformed her passion into a career that allows her to use her talents and bring excitement into her drama and French classes.

Saydlowski graduated from Longwood University with degrees in English and modern languages, with a double concentration in French and Spanish. Certified to teach six subjects (French, Spanish, English, theater arts, journalism and speech communications), Saydlowski – a fan of theater – has a variety of talents that have made her a funny, story-telling teacher who students say “makes everyone smile.”

“Even when you’re having a bad day, once you go to her class, you are always happier and your day is always better,” wrote one student in a nomination letter. “She is so funny and caring and thoughtful. She is nice and makes activity fun. It made me like school and try harder.”

Her first teaching job was at Highland Springs High School in 1994, and she taught there for a few years before making the move to Holman Middle School.

“The most special thing here at Holman Middle School is the attitude,” said Saydlowski. “My students are game for anything. I am happy in the classroom. It’s where I make the most difference. My favorite part about teaching is watching my students experiment with what they have learned – that little jump in their eyes when they get something they have been struggling with, or the smile and laughter when they get an assessment back with high marks or praise.”

Outside of the classroom, Saydlowski can be found writing, singing and reading.

“One of the greatest moments I’ve had as a teacher was after our most recent musical at HMS,” she recalled. “The eighth-grade girls in the play serenaded me with ‘For Good’ from Wicked in front of the audience after the bows. The line says I do believe I have been changed for the better, and because I knew you. . . I have been changed for good. . . but truly it’s the other way around – my students have changed me for good.”
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