Cathy Goplen attended St. Croix Lutheran High School in West St. Paul and Dr. Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minnesota. She graduated with a BS in Education with a science concentration. She received a divine call to teach grades 3-5 at Salem Lutheran School in Stillwater. After teaching there for five years, she spent the next 13 years raising four children. Another divine call brought her to Christ Lutheran Preschool in 2010.