Associate Professor of Spanish/Chair of Language and Literature
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
"Aguda espina dorada, quién te pudiera sentir en el corazón clavada."
A. Machado (If you need help to understand it, I suggest studying (more)
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