Catharina Evans

As a teacher, Cat has a 15-year track record of improving student literacy outcomes and impacting students’ lives in secondary classrooms. Throughout her career, she has designed and taught a variety of remedial, college preparatory, honors, and A.P. level courses.
Cat’s experience includes adolescent and adult learners, those from high poverty districts, and those with language-based learning differences and ADHD. Currently, she leverages her fluency in academic standards and backward design to develop curriculum and coach other teachers.

Cat specializes in utilizing a mastery-based learning model to enhance literacy skills. For the past nine years, she has taught students with high learning difference rates and increased 100% of their reading and writing skills, with most achieving or approaching advanced levels. As an AP Literature teacher and curriculum designer she has raised schools’ A.P. English passing rate from 65% to 85% using her original curriculum approved by the College Board. Cat developed her school’s first inquiry-based program that resulted in improved student outcomes in research, synthesis, analysis, and writing.

Teaching Philosophy & Approach

I believe rigor and fun aren't mutually exclusive, that humor can open pathways to students' hearts, and that laughter is essential to effective learning. I enjoy teaching and my students enjoy learning with me.

I believe education should be based on a student's wonderings about the world and that teenagers are wiser than we think.

I believe teaching reading, writing, and critical thinking is a civic duty that I am proud to fulfill.

I believe every student's skills, no matter the student's background or ability level, deserves transparent and equitable assessment. I believe a teacher must disentangle behaviors from academic skill to avoid bias. I believe grading should be a collaborative process and a part of learning, not the end of it.

I believe in teaching for mastery, which means if my students and I are successful, they will not just gain proficiency, but fluency, in key skills. They will be empowered to use those skills in creative, flexible, and challenging ways.

“I believe in teaching for mastery, which means if my students and I are successful, they will not just gain proficiency, but fluency, in key skills. They will be empowered to use those skills in creative, flexible, and challenging ways.”
Teaching Level:
  • High School
Teaching Type:
  • Tutoring
  • Learning Coach
  • Full-Semester Classes
  • Full-Year Classes
  • Partial Year Classes (Mini Courses)
Teaching Subjects:
  • Literature
  • Creative Writing
  • Comprehension and Grammar

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Courses that Catharina Evans Teaches

  • 12th Grade English
    This course is an intensive introduction to advanced literary study.…
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  • English Writing Course
    This course aims to transform high school students into amazing…
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