Katherine McEwen’s Profile

January 19th, 2011 by Katherine McEwen

In 2000, I graduated with a BA in English and Psychology from UNC-Wilmington, and I received a MA in English with an emphasis in Critical Literacy from UNC-Wilmington in 2002.  After graduate school, I accepted a full-time teaching position at Lenoir Community College in Kinston, NC , where I taught developmental reading and writing and composition.   While my colleagues and students were wonderful at Lenoir Community College, I desired to be closer to friends and the coast, so in 2004, I accepted a full-time position at CFCC. Since joining the faculty here, I have taught a variety of classes including English 075, English 085, English, 095, English 102, English 111, English 112, and English 114.  While each class is unique and interesting, I most enjoy teaching developmental reading and writing.

Teaching is one of the most rewarding professions because on a daily basis I encounter individuals who have a thirst for knowledge. Working as a teacher has enabled me to recognize that each student is an individual who has something valuable to offer the classroom discourse.  I attempt to establish a collaborative, student-centered learning community that enables students to openly express their questions, concerns, and comments.  In my classroom, I hope each student sees himself or herself as an individual who has valuable and worthwhile insights, beliefs, and observations to contribute to the classroom discourse. In my classroom, real-life application is emphasized by explaining the necessity of having a clear understanding of reading, writing, and grammatical concepts to be successful in any facet of life.  The ability to communicate ideas effectively in writing and in speech is vital to function in society and to compete in today’s professional world.  Helping students understand and acquire essential reading, writing, and grammatical skills is most important in helping them be successful in my classroom and beyond.It is my hope that when students leave my classroom they will have the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed to navigate as they continue the lifelong journey called education.

Away from the classroom, I enjoy traveling, reading, and and spending time with family and friends.