St. James Episcopal Day School

Teacher Stories

Ms. Leake, Art

Catherine Leake

Catherine Leake

Art Teacher


1. What do you teach at St. James Episcopal Day School?


2. What do you love about St. James?

"I love that teachers and students alike genuinely enjoy their time here. Beginning and ending the week with church sets a positive tone to the environment. I also love that everyone strives for excellence because of their own motivation to be the best."

3. Why do you like teaching at St. James? What motivated you to become a teacher at St. James?

"For years, I have heard parents and teachers sing the praises of St. James. When the art position came available, I couldn’t have dreamed of a more exciting position. Not only do I love teaching and working with children, my passion has always been art. Teaching in an environment where teachers are trusted to make academic choices that best fit their students’ needs is immeasurable. Also, being admired for a job well done speaks volumes for the administration. How nice to be a part of this type of faculty!!!"

4. What is a unique experience, talent, or interest that you bring to your classroom to help shape the learning experience of your students?

"I feel that a background of 15 years in the classroom, as well as having an art business outside of school help to bring a unique perspective. While I want students to learn the basic elements of art, I also want to help train their eyes to see the beauty in all the types of art that surround us - finding artistic inspiration throughout our environment."

5. What sets St. James students apart from students in other schools?

"I find that the students at St. James seem to have a unique bond. As I watch them work and play, I am continuously amazed at the genuine respect, empathy, and patience they have for one another. Despite differences, I have noticed (specifically in the older grades), they have such strong friendships with all the personalities they have grown to love over their years together."

6. What do you want your students to gain from having known you?

"I hope to instill a love for the arts within my students. I find such a sense of accomplishment not only seeing what they produce in the classroom, but by hearing that they are trying the same techniques outside the classroom."

Ms. Catherine Leake, Art Teacher

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