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Humanities Department Faculty

Scholars from the English and History departments cross traditional disciplines to gather in the Humanities, will which serve as a foundational course your freshman year. Whether you’re studying an ancient sculpture or reading a Shakespearean play, your Humanities teachers will guide your questions and observations toward understanding.

barry-ivanHumanities Department Chair
History and Humanities Teacher
25 House Dorm Parent
Assistant Swimming Coach

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BA, Georgetown University
MA, Johns Hopkins SAIS
MA, Bosporus University (Istanbul)
Appointed: 2010

Very familiar with the world of boarding schools, Ivan both grew up at and attended Phillips Academy, Andover. Following his undergraduate degree in history from Georgetown University and his graduate degree in international affairs and finance from Johns Hopkins SAIS, Ivan spent numerous years in the world of global finance and international management consulting with firms located in Washington, DC, Istanbul, and Boston.

Deciding to return to his passion of teaching, Ivan joined the Cate faculty in 2010. He currently serves as Chair of the Humanities Department, wherein he is a key proponent of both inquiry and interdisciplinary learning at Cate School. He also teaches in the History Department where he interweaves his extensive international and private sector experience with his global history teachings on the Middle East, Asia, and Europe.

Ivan coaches the varsity swim team in the spring and is an instructor in the outdoors program in the winter. He lives on the Mesa with his wife Rebekah, also a member of the Cate faculty, and their two boys, Kiyan and Aydin.

barry-rebekahEducational Technology Specialist
History and Humanities Teacher

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BA, Fort Lewis College
MA, Brown University
MA, John Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies
Appointed: 2011

After graduating from college, Rebekah moved to Washington, DC, where she worked in the realm of national security (including positions at the Pentagon and National Defense University). Rebekah then went on to earn an MA in international relations at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Relations, ultimately moving to Istanbul to complete her thesis research. She later returned to the East Coast to pursue a second graduate degree in Anthropology at Brown University. It was as a graduate teaching assistant at Brown that Rebekah discovered her longer-term interest lay in curriculum design and teaching. Prior to joining Cate, Rebekah served as Adjunct Faculty, Adjunct Faculty Advisor, and Curriculum Developer for Air University’s “Introduction to Culture” program.

Rebekah now teaches in Cate’s Humanities Department and also offers an advanced senior elective on the “Anthropology of Global Issues” and an interdisciplinary senior elective on “Gender Matters.” In addition, Rebekah is the Technology Educational Specialist and works to promote the integration of technology in the classroom to best serve both students and faculty.

Rebekah lives on Mesa with her husband and two young sons. When they are not immersing themselves in boarding school life, Rebekah and her family enjoy exploring the beaches, foothills, and mountains of Southern California as well as traveling internationally.

hammondaEnglish and Humanities Teacher
Assistant Cross Country Coach

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BA, Colby College
MA, Dartmouth College
Appointed: 2015

A fourth-generation Californian, Alicia’s educational foundation and passion for teaching were cultivated during her childhood on the Monterey Peninsula, where she developed a love of the outdoors, a tie to the Pacific, and a fervor for backpacking in the Los Padres National Forest.

Alicia has spent her entire adult life living on boarding school campuses, including over a decade on campuses in northern New England. At Colby, Dartmouth, and Dublin School, she learned to love the rigors and traditions of New England educational communities. As Maya Angelou so wisely wrote, however, “The ache for home lives in all of us,” and she felt her roots in California tugging her gently yet firmly back to the west coast.

Alicia now lives on the Mesa with her husband, son, and two lovable (if not brilliant) yellow labs. In her time outside of the classroom, she enjoys running, reading, hiking, camping and traveling with her family.

hansen_bEnglish and Humanities Teacher

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BA, Harvard University
Appointed: 2010

Born and raised in New York City, Brooks Hansen is a screenwriter, essayist and celebrated author of seven books. In 2008 he released his first memoir, The Brotherhood of Joseph, prior to which his novels – The Monsters of St. Helena, Perlman’s Ordeal, The Chess Garden, and Boone were all New York Times Notable Books. The Chess Garden was also selected as a PW Best Book of the Year in 1995. He has written one book for Young Readers, Caesar’s Antlers, which he also illustrated, and he was awarded John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 2005 for his most recent book, John the Baptizer, which was published by W.W. Norton in June of 2009.

jared_lHistory Department Chair
History, English, and Humanities Teacher

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BA, Scripps College
MA, University of California, Santa Barbara
Appointed: 1991

After graduating from Scripps with a major in history, Lauren received her master’s degree in history from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Though she did not complete her dissertation, Lauren gained an extensive background in the Middle Ages while finishing her course work and exams towards a PhD. As a teaching assistant, she also taught undergraduate courses at UCSB before arriving at Cate in 1991. Here at Cate, she has taught in both the history and English departments. Currently, she typically teaches US History and Freshman Humanities, a team-taught, inquiry-based course designed to give students an interdisciplinary understanding of Western European culture. In October 2015, to honor Lauren’s teaching and leadership in the history department, she was awarded the endowed O. Curtis Crawford Chair. In her free time, Lauren enjoys reading, traveling, hiking, swimming, and playing piano. She lives off campus with her husband, Todd. Lauren and Todd have two children who are Cate graduates, Alissa ’12 and James ’15.

parkEnglish and Humanities Teacher

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BA, University of Texas at Austin
MFA, The New School for Social Research
PhD, New York University
Appointed: 2008

Katheryn McDonald Park came to Cate after spending most of her career studying and teaching in New York City and in Houston. She brings to Cate not only a love of French and English literature, but also an enthusiasm for boarding school communities. Katheryn has taught at New York University, where she earned her PhD, as well as at Sarah Lawrence College and Episcopal High School in Houston.

Katheryn lives on the Mesa with her husband and two children.