Staff Profile: Mrs. Cathy Van Treese

Paws up to our newest member in the Regina community, Meet Mrs. Van Treese!

This year Mrs. Van Treese was welcomed into Regina as a new Social Studies teacher. Van Treese teaches American Legal Studies, World History, Government and Politics, A.P. Government and Politics, and also is the coach for the freshmen volleyball team.

Mrs. Van Treese has always known that she has wanted to work with kids. She was a park district camp counselor in High School and worked in the rectory at her local parish.

She attended Blackburn College in Carlinville, Illinois. While attending Blackburn, she recieved her undergrad in history. During her time in college she was a contributor to the The Burnian, Blackburn College’s student newspaper. She also helped out with admission activities.

After college, Van Treese worked in a junior high school in a special education class. Growing up, Mrs. Van Treese attended catholic school. Her mother attended Regina Dominican. After her first born daughter was in pre-school, she taught in a catholic school. It was by chance that a social studies teacher postition opened up at Regina.

This is the first time she has worked in an all-girls environment.

She said,”As a mom of three girls, I really enjoy how Regina tries to empower its student body to become the leaders of tomorrow” and she also said, “I can’t wait for my daughters to experience it for themselves.”

In her free time, Mrs. Van Treese enjoys spending time with her husband and three daughters, especially movie night. While her children are not around, she enjoys cross-stitching portraits.

When asked to describe herself in one sentence, she replied with,”Team work makes the dream work.”

As for upcoming Regina events, she is most excited for freshmen home volleyball games and the fall musical.

Her favorite parts of the day are the couple of first and last minutes of class because she enjoys greeting and saying goodbye her students at the end of the class period.

A fun fact about Van Treese is that one time she was bitten by a tiger cub at a wildlife refugee facility when she and her friends were in Indiana.

We are excited to welcome Mrs. Van Treese to the Regina community.