Cathy Coonis was raised in Republic, where she was active in the band and choir programs. After graduating from Republic High School, she went on to study music education and Spanish at School of the Ozarks. Her career began in 1980 as a choir teacher in the Crawford County R-2 School District in Cuba, Missouri. For the next fourteen years, she taught band in Marshfield. She then spent a year at Pershing Middle School and Glendale High School before spending the next twenty years as the band director at Seymour. Cathy retired in 2016, but came back after one year off to spend five more years teaching band at New Covenant Academy.
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