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Cat Evans

Faculty Information
Location(s) Upper School
Title(s) Upper School Humanities
Contact Information
School Email
  (Primary)
School Phone
(828) 274-0758   x176
Other Information
2013 
 

Cat Evans is an Upper School Humanities teacher, Division Curriculum Chair and Yearbook Adviser. She says she brings a project-based, student-centered, and technology-savvy approach to her classes. Cat joined CDS in 2013 and as the division curriculum chair, she worked directly with Academic Dean to assess Upper School curriculum design. Prior to teaching, Cat worked for several years as a journalist for local and statewide newspapers in New Jersey. She has experience in administration as the former head of the English department at St. Peter and Paul School in the Caribbean, where she lived for two years prior to coming to Asheville. In that same position, she managed and allocated Title V grant monies from the Department of Education, maintained the school website, and chaired the prom committee. Cat taught at the college level for three years, most recently at Brevard College and Asheville-Buncombe Technical College. 

Get to know Catharina Evans:

Honors:

  • Adjunct Instructor of the Year Nominee: Asheville-Buncombe Technical College
  • Recipient of 2012 yearbook dedication and Rookie of the Year Award at Sts. Peter and Paul School
  • Educational Testing Service Excellence award, top 15% of scoring range for Praxis II: English
  • Grant recipient for Middlebury College graduate studies
  • Inducted into Sigma Tau Delta, national academic English honors society
  • Dean’s List placement at The College of New Jersey

Publications/presentations:

  • “Cartooning the Essay Planning Process,” Sequential SmART Conference, Juniata College, March, 2012
  • Research and Editorial Assistant, Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Tools for the Classroom, 3rd Ed., 2012
  • Staff Writer, The Graphic Classroom: Educational Comics Review, graphicclassroom.org, 2012-present

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.”

What do you like most about your job at CDS? I laugh every day with my students and my co-workers. I can’t believe my good fortune!”

In your opinion, how does the CDS community inspire students to be courageous and curious, wonder about things that they don’t understand, try new things, and develop individual passions? Our focus on inquiry-based curriculum sets us apart. Our work begins and ends with scholarly and provocative questions. Our students must indulge their curiosities and engage in critical thinking in order to succeed at this school. The NEO school will clearly manifest our commitment to inquiry-based learning in an increasingly test-obsessed and data-driven educational landscape. Our students learn through wonder, investigation, practice, and application.”

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.”

What books and authors inspire you? “The innovations in educational technology invigorate me. My former high school journalism teacher, Will Richardson, established himself as a nationwide guru of 21st century learning, and I try to model many of my practices after his. Through my work as the research assistant for the newest edition of his book Weblogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Webtools That Are Transforming Classrooms, I studied the freshest approaches to technology integration practiced by K-12 educators across the country. My engagement in the comics community also inspires me. Scott McCloud’s revolutionary Understanding Comics introduced me to a better way to teach rhetoric in the literature and composition classroom. We study comics to master multi-modal literacy and critical thinking. This year I plan on integrating Art Speigelman’s Pultizer-Prize winning graphic memoir Maus and Gene Luen Yang’s American Born Chinese as well as a variety of shorter sequential art narratives into my curriculum.”

What is your favorite quote about education, mentorship, children, and/or learning? “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” – Albert Einstein

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." 

Which classroom projects/events are you known for? I am a big believer in the power of blogging, or connective writing. My students use individual blog platforms to investigate, record, reflect, analyze, create, and most importantly, connect, with text, video, sound, and image. Gone are the days when students submit hand-scrawled journals meant only for the teacher’s eyes. My students practice the art of rhetoric through hyperlinking, podcasting, and digital annotation, all in front of an authentic audience. I also integrate process drama, a method whereby both teacher and student work in and out of imaginative roles in order to explore issues and concepts. Process drama demands student engagement on both a mental and physical level in a continually unfolding and often surprising learning experience. Through this method we may probe abstract concepts, character development, and much more. “

What personal passion brings balance to your life? My art practice continues to ground and fulfill me. I write poetry, draw, and paint. I also spend a lot of time outside meditating, walking, or hiking.”

 

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