Associate Professor of Spanish
Degrees earned: BA,
Mills College; MA, San Francisco State University; Ph.D., University of
experience: Evelyn began teaching at the university level when she was a
graduate student, and later taught at the Universidad Autónoma de Baja
California in Ensenada, Mexico, and at Southern Oregon University in Ashland,
Oregon, before coming to Clarke.
The fundamental concept that guides my teaching is the empowerment of students,
which translates to learning that is active, student-centered, set within a
cultural context and enjoyable. I also believe that what happens as part of the
class should continue to open us up to new learning and experiences even after
the course ends.
Clarke’s impact on Evelyn:
Having lived most of my life on the West Coast, I didn’t expect to end up in
the Midwest, but when I first visited Clarke I knew that this was a very special
place, so I and my family made the move and I’ve never regretted it. There is
such a strong sense of community, caring and compassion here at Clarke, which
is not something I’ve seen elsewhere. Our Clarke Core Values are not just words
— they form the culture here, and I really value that.
Evelyn’s impact on students:
The caring Clarke community is first and foremost a community of learners, and
I really appreciate the chance to be a part of students’ educational journey.
One of the great things about Clarke is that I can spend time with my students
and get to know them as people, and while I’m helping to support them on their
path to reach their academic, professional and personal goals, in many cases
our relationship goes on even after they’ve graduated. I keep in touch with our
graduates in a number of ways, from chatting on line with those who are on the
other side of the world to having coffee and a chat (in Spanish!) with a former
student who lives down the road. This has led to continuing opportunities to
network, leading to job possibilities and sharing of information and
opportunities for former and current students.
Movie – I’d have
to say Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown)
by Pedro Almodóvar. I can watch it again and again, which is good since I’ve
shown it in so many classes!
Book – Of course
if it’s a novel it has to be Cien años de
soledad (A Hundred Years of Solitude)
by Gabriel García Márquez
Quote – "Aguda
espina dorada, quién te pudiera sentir en el corazón clavada." – A.
Machado (If you need help to understand it, I suggest studying (more) Spanish!)
Class in college –
Public Speaking. I was really scared to take it because I was shy, but I talked
myself into it and ended up really loving it!
Place traveled – U.S.,
Mexico (both places I lived and traveled in), Puerto Rico, various European
countries, but especially Spain.
Hobby – Knitting,
reading and watching movies, walks with my dog, spending time with family and