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Father says missing Arizona woman’s passion is teaching children

(Flagstaff Police Department Photo)

PHOENIX — The father of a missing Arizona woman said her passion in life is to teach children at a Glendale elementary school.

“Catherine knew when she was in high school that she wanted to be a teacher,” Raymond Gorospe said Wednesday. “That was her passion. Her whole life is to be a teacher.”

“She didn’t want to (teach) anybody more than kindergarten or first grade and she loved dealing with the kids.”

Raymond said he wanted his daughter to move home to California but she fell in love with the Grand Canyon State while attending Arizona State University.

“She liked the weather, she liked the area,” he said. “It wasn’t as expensive to live.”

Catherine Gorospe loved her job so much that she took a second job as a tour guide on the Grand Canyon Railroad in Williams to make ends meet.

“She had a lot of experience, a lot of information to pass on to people,” he said.

When she wasn’t at work, she’d be outdoors.

“She’d rather be hiking and camping than anything else — with her dog,” Raymond Gorospe said.

Catherine Gorospe was reported missing on Monday. She was last seen two days prior in Flagstaff after bailing out her boyfriend, 27-year-old Charlie Malzahn.

Raymond Gorospe said his family has received a lot of support since she went missing.

“The outpouring of love and affection … (showed) she is loved by everybody,” he said.

Police were questioning Malzahn about Catherine Gorospe’s whereabouts.

KTAR News’ Kathy Cline contributed to this report.

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