Phone: 254-750-3908


Degrees and Certifications:

Cathleen Rooney, M.S. Ed.

Cathleen comes to us with an expansive background in media technology.  She has her Masters of Science degree in reading from Walden University and her Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from Texas A&M University. Professional certifications include EC-4 certification, gifted and talented certification, English as a second language certification, and journalism certification.

Cathleen started out as a preschool education coordinator for Virginia Public Television in Richmond, Virginia.  She also researched, wrote, directed, and produced a local historical documentary series for KCTF Public Television in Waco.  She then went on to serve as membership director for KWBU Public TV and Radio in Waco, where she developed, implemented and evaluated the annual membership plan and budget for the Brazos Valley Foundation to maximize net revenue.  She also determined policy for and directed a comprehensive fundraising program including, but not limited to, membership retention, renewal and acquisition strategies, direct mail campaigns, telemarketing efforts and co-producing fundraising campaigns with the development associate producer. She is currently enrolled in the Education for Ministry program through Sewanee: The University of the South in Tennessee.

Cathleen started teaching third grade with Waco ISD in the fall of 2004.  In the fall of 2012, she went on to her current position – Emergent Bilingual Coordinator, Elementary.  

“My philosophy of education is that I hope to foster a life-long love of learning in students, facilitate the acquisition of life-long learning skills, prepare them to function effectively in a world of information and technology, and to develop critical thinking skills and problem-solving strategies.  I am responsible for not only the shaping of their minds, but also for the shaping of their self-discipline, higher level thinking and good problem-solving techniques.  I will also facilitate how they interact with their peers and their environment outside of school.  My primary focus is helping children to make good choices and learn to encourage each other to do the same.  I would really like to promote self-respect and mutual respect for others.”

Cathleen has one son - Ryan.  Her hobbies include scrapbooking, photography, travel and cooking.