The teachers and staff members at St. Paul Preparatory share a love of cultures and education. We come from diverse backgrounds and share our unique talents and experiences with our school community. We truly care about our students and take joy in helping them reach their full potential.
Meet Kate Woolever from our Art department.
Faculty Profile, Kate Woolever
- What’s your favorite movie: The Notebook
- Favorite book: The Hunger Games
- Favorite color: Coral
- Favorite food: Watermelon
Why does Art matter?
Art is great class to get messy, creative, and learn how to “see” in a different way. There are also many other reasons why art is so important. Studies show that art-centered schools outscore non-art-centered schools in academic achievement scores. Art education can actually help the brain to rewire itself, to make stronger and more plentiful neural connections, and can help build memory skills. Self-discipline, intuition, reasoning, imagination, and dexterity are just a few of the other benefits of an art-filled education. Students who participate in arts programs are at least three times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, elected to class office within their schools, participate in a math and science fair, win an award for school attendance and win an award for writing an essay or poem. Studies show that students of the arts in all disciplines outperformed their non-arts peers on the SAT by 91 points in 2009. According to First Lady Michelle Obama, “Learning through the arts reinforces critical academic skills in reading, language arts, and math, and provides students with the skills to creatively solve problems.”
What do you do when you’re not working at SPP?
When I’m not working at SPP I love to bike and run around the lakes in Minneapolis.
How did you spend your summer?
Outside! I spend my summer working as an art director at a summer camp with campers going into Kindergarten to 6th grade. I also travel to different art shows selling baskets that are made in by my good friend Beatrice who lives in Ghana. All of the money is sent back to her in Ghana to keep her children in school.
Where is the best place you’ve ever lived or visited and why?
Ghana! This is where I spent my time student teaching. I lived with an amazing host family who was energetic, optimistic, and warm as they welcomed me into their home. These qualities truly reflected the majority of the personalities I met throughout the rest of the country. Later I read Ghana is one of the safest countries for a woman to travel independently. The artwork flooded the markets and streets: woven baskets, beautiful paintings and colorful batik. My co-workers and students were so passionate about their education and proud of their country; I felt right at home.
What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever done?
While I was studying apartheid and teaching art in Namibia I was able to climb the worlds tallest sand dune, “Big Daddy”. We had to camp a few miles away from the base of “Big Daddy” because we had to wake up in the night to begin walking due to hot temperatures. Luckily, we were able to make it to the top and down before the afternoon heat, as the sand can melt the bottom of your shoes.
What’s something you’re planning to do this school year?
I am very excited because this school year I am traveling with 4 other teachers and 30 high school students to Bangladesh to study climate change.
Have you ever experienced culture shock? When and how did you deal with it?
Yes many times. I have found many different ways to deal with it but my main one is to journal.
Tell me something unique about yourself.
I run 7 miles every day
Do you have any siblings?
Yes one brother who lives in Minneapolis who is also a teacher!!