By the way, you will generally find my books under “Catherine Jaime” or “Catherine McGrew Jaime,” but among friends, I just go by “Cathy.”
Sometimes I feel like I was born to travel! I came into the world in the Panama Canal Zone the first time my father was stationed there. In the 60 years since then I have traveled throughout Central and North America and much of Western Europe (At my last count it was all 50 U.S. states and 27other countries).
I attended high school in Michigan and then went to M.I.T. where I met my future husband, Daniel when we were both in R.O.T.C. After college, my travels continued as we moved across the country and overseas with the military. In fact, I fell in love with history during our 5 1/2 year stay in Wuerzburg, Germany, and wrote my first book during that time.
I have spent most of the last 30 years educating our 12 children, while also teaching classes for other homeschoolers — classes from Shakespeare to Government to Economics and more. When I teach, I strive to make history come alive for my students. I immerse them in each subject, including taking them on trips across the country to experience history where it happened.
We followed the Lewis and Clark Trail in 2005 with family members and volunteered at Jamestown during the 400 year anniversary in 2007. On a trip back to Panama in 2008 I started my “Horsey and Friends” series, which has continued during recent “school trips” to Washington, D.C., Virginia, and more. I also take students to our state capital to learn more about the legislative process and I coach several high school Mock Trial teams every year.
My passion for learning is as strong as my passion for teaching, and I seek out and attend teachers’ workshops throughout the country on a diverse set of topics. I have attended over a dozen teachers’ summer workshops on topics including: the U.S. Constitution, Economics, Civil Rights, and the Civil War (to name a few).