Catherine E. Young, 52, a teaching supervisor at the Ardmore Elementary School in Landover, died Tuesday at Prince George's General Hospital of a viral infection.

A native of Cockeysville, Md., Mrs. Young began her teaching career 31 years ago in Baltimore County, where she also was a vice principal.

In recent years she was a master teacher at the Ardmore School, where her duties included supervising student teachers. She also conducted language and art workshops for the Maryland State and Southern Maryland reading councils.

Mrs. Young graduated from Delaware State College. She earned a master's degree in education from New York University and did postgraduate work at Catholic University and Morgan State College in Baltimore.

In 1978, she was nominated by Prince George's County as "Teacher of the Year."

A resident of Landover for 25 years, Mrs. Young was active in the Ebenezer United Methodist Church in Lanham, where she taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School and sang in the choir.

Survivors include her husband, James, and a daughter, Pershail, both of the home; her father, Oliver Beard Sr., of Baltimore County, a sister, Effice McGhee, of Annapolis; a brother, Louis Beard, of Carroll County, Md., and five other brothers, Edward, Eugene, Albert, Dr. John, and Oliver Beard, all of Baltimore County.