Associate Professor of Spanish
BA, Mills College
MA, San Francisco State University
Ph.D., University of California, Davis
Evelyn's Teaching Philosophy:
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. It should also foster a desire to continue learning, whether it be the learning of language, culture or literature.
Evelyn's Professional Involvement:
I belong to a number of professional organizations including the Modern Language Association (MLA) and The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) and I am a Regional Faculty Associate of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.
Why Evelyn Chose Clarke:
I didn't expect to choose Clarke, mostly because I grew up in California and didn't see myself living in the Midwest. However, when I met Graciela Caneiro-Livingston, dean of undergraduate studies and Sheila O'Brien, associate professor of Spanish during the interview process at a conference in New Orleans, the sense that I got from them made me want to visit Clarke’s campus. Once I did that, it was clear that I belonged here--sometimes you just know when something's the right fit!
Why students should choose Clarke:
If someone wants to feel valued and a part of a caring community, while growing as a person and getting a well-rounded education that will prepare him or her for the wonders and challenges of life, then Clarke is the place to be!
Evelyn's Ties to Dubuque:
I have gotten involved in the community in various ways--I am a past president and current delegate of Dubuque Area Congregations United (DACU), and am serving my second term as a member of the City of Dubuque's Park and Recreation Advisory Commission. I have been involved in the local NAACP and the Multicultural Family Center as well as Faces & Voice, which supports diversity celebrations in the community such as the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. breakfast. Dubuque is a great city to live in—there’s a lot of natural beauty here, an interest in preserving historical areas and friendly people who help others in the community and beyond.
Evelyn's Favorite Quote:
"Aguda espina dorada, quién te pudiera sentir en el corazón clavada." (If you need help to understand it, I suggest studying (more) Spanish!)