Degrees and Certifications:

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

Mrs. Heather Cates

Kindergarten Teacher

All About Mrs. Cates Video

Please watch the video above so that you can "meet" me before our first day together.  I have more videos to come for you all.  Also, please feel free to go ahead and email me,, so that I can get to know a little about my new friends.  Be sure to include your child's preferred name and how they will be going home to help me get organized. I cannot wait to meet all of you!


Hello sweet Kindergarten friends and welcome to the Cates Crew! My name is Heather Cates, and I am beginning my 13th year teaching this year with you. I taught Kindergarten for 8 years and 1st grade for 3 years in Mountain Brook before coming to teach 2nd grade for 1 year here at Cahaba.  I am really excited to be in Kindergarten and to have my youngest in Kindergarten with me this year!

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 10 years. He is a Real Estate Agent. We have two sweet little girls, Ansleigh (6) and Olivia (5), 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 classroom 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!