Coast Monthly poses 10 questions to an intriguing resident of the Texas Coast.
Katherine Stathakos is a League City resident and Clear Creek Independent School District teacher. She also is a mother of four children.
Who is your hero?
Excluding people I’ve personally known, as an educator, I’m in awe of Anne Sullivan, Helen Keller’s teacher. She took a lost little girl and taught her, not in the way Anne wanted to teach, but in the way Helen needed to learn. Her dedication, patience and commitment to Helen are inspiring.
What are you most proud of?
I’m inexplicably proud to be the mother of my four children — Cayden, Carson, Cooper and Sophia Cate. I knew from a very young age that God chose me not only to be a mother, but to be a mother of four.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I would love to wake up at 4:30 in the morning, chipper and ready to work out, instead of forcing myself to exercise late in the evening. I love my sleep, and with four kids, I don’t get an overabundance of it, so I sleep until a little voice comes into my room around 6 a.m. and asks, “Mommy, can I wake up yet?”
Where would you like to grow old?
In my selfish dreams, my children would all settle down in the same city, and my husband Stewart and I would sell our house to buy a condo or small home near our kids and grandkids. In reality, I know that’s highly unlikely, so I’d be happy living in the Hill Country in a cozy home on a giant wooded piece of property with a big garden in the backyard.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Bravo and FYI reality TV shows. “Real Housewives,” “Southern Charm,” “Married at First Sight,” “Arranged” — you name it, I get sucked in. I don’t know what I would do without my DVR.
What skills would you like to possess?
I am always trying to improve my organizational skills. I would also like to improve my Spanish. I could survive if someone dropped me in the middle of a Spanish-speaking country, but it wouldn’t be pretty.
What’s something no one knows about you?
When I’m alone in the car, I belt out songs as if I were Adele live in concert somewhere. And by somewhere, I mean a really, really big venue. Just the other day at the stoplight, I caught the person in the car next to me giving me a funny look.
What song is your personal anthem?
“Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” by Green Day. Especially since I’ve had kids, I can’t help but take to heart how quickly life goes by. We need to savor the experiences we are given, learn from the good and the bad, embrace the unexpected and enjoy this life we have been given.
What was the last meal you made?
I made chicken and veggie kebabs with organic brown rice. I can’t take credit for assembling the kebabs this time, though. That’s all thanks to Kroger.
Describe a favorite memory in 10 words.
Beachside dinner with Stewart and friends under the blood moon.