Get to Know Mrs. Cathy Trimble
Mrs. Cathy Trimble is the Principal of Francis Marion High School in Marion, Alabama—her alma mater. In her role as school leader, she regularly enlists the input and feedback of our corps members to achieve the school’s primary goal of creating a culture of academic achievement.
A veteran educator for more than 25 years, Mrs. Trimble serves as Francis Marion High School’s athletic director in addition to its Principal. Her commitment to high expectations both inside and outside the classroom is evident in her record of achievement as the varsity girls basketball coach. She led her team to four final four appearances, which earned her the title of Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Coach of the Year. Mrs. Trimble’s energy and charisma are infectious. Despite her small, 5’3” frame, she commands the respect of students, faculty, and staff. Mrs. Trimble is not only relentless in her efforts to counsel and improve the lives of each student at the school, she has a particular interest in providing academic and career opportunities to students who are at risk of dropping out. Throughout her career, she has pioneered a number of initiatives including highly effective remediation and credit recovery programs.
Principal, Cathy Trimble, Francis Marion High School of Perry County reflects on the importance of Teach For America in rural schools, “I value the partnership of organizations like Teach For America because they recognize the importance of dedicated teachers who reflect the diverse backgrounds of students in urban and rural communities across the country. In Alabama, we're committed to drawing high-quality teachers to our highest-need schools, and we know that teachers who bring a diversity of experiences and perspectives to their work enrich our students’ learning, as well as connect with our families and communities in critical ways.”
Located just 45 minutes from the city of Tuscaloosa—home to the University of Alabama—the rural town of Greensboro offers a variety of affordable housing options and a sense of community and support. Most corps members live in roomy, renovated homes within a close vicinity of each other, which makes meeting up for runs in the many local parks, lesson planning at The Pie Lab, and weekend potlucks and excursions especially convenient.
Subjects And Grade Levels
- Business Education
- Middle School Science
- Middle School Social Studies
- Middle School Math
- Middle School English
- High School Science
- High School Social Studies
- High School Math
- High School English
- Special Education
Teach For America - Alabama corps members receive exceptional academic support throughout their certification journey. In order to work towards their alternate baccalaureate certification, all corps members are required to:
- Pass a Praxis II content area exam
- Pass the Alabama Prospective Teacher Testing Program: Basic Skills Assessment
- Complete ongoing university course work beginning in their first teaching semester
- In addition, elementary and special education teachers must obtain a full master's degree.