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Cathy Stierman

Instructor of Education
Office: 108 MJH 
Mail Stop: 1733 
Phone: 6425 


Degrees earned: BS in Biology from University of Illinois; MS in Science Education from Montana State University; currently nearing completion of Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Montana State University.

Professional experience: Taught high school science, math and religion for 24 years. Have been an adjunct instructor at Northeast Iowa Community College since 2007. Most recently taught for The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health before coming to Clarke.

Teaching philosophy: I am a firm believer in being the “guide on the side,” rather than the “sage on the stage.” My job is not to “trick” students with difficult questions, but to be a facilitator and assistant to learning. I do my best to provide a wide range of experiences for my students while helping them cultivate the two aspects of education most important to me: metacognition and being a life-long learner. The concept of life-learning is vital to personal growth and development. I make a concerted effort to point out the relevance of a particular topic or activity so that students can actively make the connection between the content and the application of the content. By cultivating an education environment in which enthusiasm for learning is being modeled I hope to instill the need for this personal challenge within my students.  

Clarke’s impact on Cathy: Due to my husband’s work transfers, I have taught at over a dozen institutions, but Clarke truly feels like home and the community like family.

Cathy’s impact on students: I care deeply for my students’ welfare, and I hope it shows!

Cathy's favorite: 

Movie – Bolt

Book – Do I have to pick just one? Anything by Maeve Binchy or Spencer Quinn

Quote – “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela

Class in college – Educational Psychology

Place traveled – San Francisco

Hobby – Sewing



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  • Arts at Clarke 2016
  • Transfer Fall 2015