Mrs. Cat Slade began her musical journey on her 8th birthday when her parents gave her piano lessons as a gift. As a 5th grader, she joined band as a percussionst, which was a year earlier than her peers. In the 8th grade, she picked up the bass clarinet, which allowed her to compete in state-wide competitions once she was in high school.
Her education includes a Bachelors of Science in Music Education, Instrumental & General Music, from Ball State University, Muncie, IN, and a Masters of Music in Music Education from University of North Carolina at Greensboro, NC.
She joined the Forest Hills Middle School faculty, Wilson, NC in 2005. Her peers voted her as Forest Hills Middle School's Teacher of the Year 2012-2013, and she was a semi-finalist in the Wilson County School District. In 2014, Mrs. Slade joined the Wendell Middle School family where she is extremely excited to work with such talented and enthusiastic students.