Cathy M. Hodge

Cathy M. Hodge
2005 Award of Honor

– Class of 1981

Cathy Milner Hodge has been on the fast track since graduating from East Tennessee StateUniversity. Her journey has taken her from the classrooms of Warf-Pickel Hall to various destinationsaround the country and world.

Receiving a degree with a double major in education and speech and communications in1981, she was very active in the ETSU Drama Department. She either acted or participated inmany productions such as "Ark of Safety," "Ah Wilderness," "A Winter's Tale" and numerouschildren's theatre productions. While in the education department she worked with the JohnsonCity Mental Health Center and different schools and grade levels throughout the area. This preparedher for her future work—to communicate to people of all ages and education levels.

She began using her communications training when she started writing a newspaper columnfor the Birmingham News, became a freelance journalist for the London Sunday Times and contributedarticles to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Her work was also seen in Redbook Magazine as well as being a scriptwriterand political humorist for Waylon Flowers' Madame puppet.

Using her education degree, she taught in elementary, middle, and high schools in Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Alabama,and Georgia.

In 1995 she started her own publication entitled Georgia Voyager Magazine. This publication used her degrees andexperiences in both education and communications. This year marks the 10 th year and the two millionth magazine publishedfor Georgia schoolchildren.

Currently, she presides as the President and owner of WesMar Educational Publishing and Founder, Editor and Publisherof both the Georgia Voyager Magazine and South Carolina Voyager Magazines. She has authored and is in the process ofpublishing a textbook for 8 th grade students in Georgia. She has received the honor of being named Outstanding SocialStudies Educator of Georgia in 2000 and was named a Georgia History Commissioner in 2002.

Hodge is a member of the Georgia Association of Magazines, the Better Business Bureau, Ex Officio of the SouthCarolina Character Education Council, Georgia Council on Economic Education, the National Council of Social StudiesEducators, the Georgia Council of Social Studies and the Georgia Historical Society.

She and her husband Tom reside in Georgia. The couple has four daughters, Raegan, Leslie, Alison and Anna.