Instructor of Education
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.
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.
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!
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 –
Place traveled - San
Hobby – Sewing