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Dr. Catherine Sundt: An Alumna Profile

Leigh Ebrom

Catherine Sundt has taken a talent for languages, evident in her earliest days at SSMS, and built on it to achieve a career as a Spanish professor. Catherine received her B.A. in Spanish from Grand Valley State University and went on to earn her M.A. and Ph.D. in Iberian Literature and Cultures from the Ohio State University. 

At SSMS, Catherine showed not only a talent for language but also for music. Catherine displayed this talent most memorably when she starred as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. Despite being the youngest member of her class, she proved to be very social and a leader. She loved music and drama class, and excelled at French, which she continued learning until high school.

She encourages SSMS’ current students to use the flexibility of Stepping Stones to pursue their passions - if they demonstrate an interest, the teachers are there to guide them. She personally loved her Québec trip, the school plays, and independent reading. 

Catherine currently is an Assistant Professor of Spanish at Rhodes College. At Rhodes, Catherine teaches courses on Spanish language, literature, and grammar. She is an innovative teacher and incorporates games and popular culture into her classroom to keep her students inspired. Catherine has published work on urban studies, the popular press, and 19th-century literature, and has presented her research across the country in both Spanish and English.

She continues to use her Montessori experience in her teaching. She emphasizes communication and lets students guide the conversation according to their interests and knowledge.

Catherine currently lives in Memphis, Tennessee with her husband Greg. She enjoys trivia, listening to local live music and singing in her free time. Catherine also loves traveling and she shares her love for adventure with her students when she takes a class to Ecuador for an intensive study abroad course over the summer.

- Kyra (Glass von der Osten) Hunting, SSMS class of 1996