Teacher in Focus: Kathy Faust
by Celia Shortt
Kathy Faust teaches special education at Newnan Crossing Elementary School. She has been teaching for 38 years.
Why did you become a teacher?
I was a music major and have a degree in music. I believe it was God’s will because I never set out to be a teacher. I just kind of happened. I started teaching in Troup County and have been teaching in Coweta for 30 years. I live in Alabama and have been commuting to Coweta for 25 of those years.
What is the best part?
Working with the kids. With special ed, I enjoy the different personalities of the kids. I enjoy the challenge of getting it right for them. When you get it right for a child with special needs everything fits together. I think it’s truly what God wanted me to do because I enjoy it.
If you were not a teacher, what would you be doing?
I would have been a singer.
What is your favorite movie?
The Lion King
What is your favorite book?
Gone with the Wind
Do you have a family?
I’ve been married for 25 years. My husband and I do not have any children, but we have lots of animals.
What do you do for fun?
I garden and like to work in the yard. I read.
What is the one thing you want your students to learn?
To believe in themselves. That no matter what the challenge, they can do it. Everyone needs to feel good about something they do. It does not matter what you can’t do. You need to focus on what you can do. And tomorrow is a different day.