Catherine Reyes

Catherine Reyes earned an S.B. in Materials Science and Engineering with a concentration in Literature from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2000. Six years later, she earned a Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a dissertation combining cell biology, biochemistry, and engineering principles to improve medical device integration. Upon graduation, she received a fellowship to study science public policy at the National Academy of Medicine in Washington D.C. and then worked for several years as a research scientist for a biologic therapeutics company in La Jolla, CA. After moving to Durham in 2009, Catherine began working with Duke University as the Education and Communications Director for their Materials Research Center. In this role, she managed their graduate and undergraduate education and mentoring programs and coordinated their local school and community outreach, promoting experiential, hands-on learning as a way to encourage interest in science and engineering. She also directed a robust diversity initiative to improve representation for women and other underrepresented minority groups in research and academia. She has many years of experience teaching science, engineering, writing, and handwork to students of all ages, from elementary to graduate school. Catherine has three children at Emerson Waldorf School and believes strongly that the Waldorf approach can support a rigorous science curriculum that enlivens the material in a unique and beautiful way for all students while encouraging a deep and personal understanding of the worlds around and within us.