M.F.A., Poetry courses, Sarah Lawrence College
B.A., English, The College of New Jersey
Cat Evans, in her role as the Upper School Leader for Professional Learning, works with fellow faculty to strengthen their teaching and assessments practices and create curriculum that facilitates student mastery of key skills and content.
Prior to teaching, Cat was a journalist for local and statewide newspapers in New Jersey, and brings her first-hand knowledge of the media to the Honors Journalism course and student newspaper she founded. You can read her students' work at www.scratchingpostonline.com. Cat began her teaching career as a college professor, but the opportunity to mentor teenagers brought her to the high school classroom.
How would you describe your classroom? “My classroom is a relaxed yet invigorating place where students discover and apply the art and craft of writing and critical thinking. We learn about each other and ourselves. We wonder at the infinite capacities of art and the human mind. We create and maintain supportive and intimate relationships in our classroom, which contribute to the success of our intimate scholarly discussions. Most importantly, we laugh and enjoy a good time.”
How would you describe yourself and/or your approach to your job in 10 words or less? “My students teach me as much as I them."
In what ways can you teach/engage children at CDS that you couldn't at other schools? “CDS inspires both student and teacher to take advantage of the creative freedoms offered by our curriculum and learning atmosphere. As a faculty member, I am not just permitted, but encouraged to integrate the latest educational technologies and innovative pedagogical practices to best serve our students.”