Mrs. Heather Cates



Degrees and Certifications:

BA Elementary Education MA Reading Specialist National Board Certification Early/Middle Literacy

Mrs. Heather Cates

2nd Grade Teacher


Hello 2nd grade friends! My name is Heather Cates, and I am beginning my 11th year teaching this year with you. I taught Kindergarten for 7 years and 1st grade for 2 years in Mountain Brook.  I also taught a year of 1st grade in Atlanta before coming to Cahaba Elementary. 

I consider myself to be a lifelong learner and am always working to learn new things. I have my Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from The University of Alabama, my Master's degree as a Reading Specialist from UAB, and earned my National Board Certification in Early/Middle Literacy.

I am originally from Trussville and am so excited to be teaching in the community that raised me! I have been married to my husband, Mr. Jonny, for 8 years. He is a Real Estate Agent. We have two sweet little girls, Ansleigh (4) and Olivia (3), who provide me with lots of funny stories. We have a crazy yorkie named Bentley. We love to read, be outside, go to the beach, and spend time with people we love.

Teaching Philosophy

In our 2nd grade community, we all have the chance to learn and grow as readers, writers, mathematicians, scientists, adventurers, and friends. We support each other and we grow stronger together. I cannot wait to see the amazing things we are going to accomplish this year!