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Faculty & Staff Profile #3 | Cate Hibbitt ’85, P’19,’22, Science Department Faculty

As a school, Lincoln is shaped daily by the passion and brilliance of its faculty and staff, and this year we’d like to help you–our community–get to know them a bit better! 

Today, get to know Cate Hibbitt ’85, P’19,’22, a Middle and Upper School Science Teacher. 

What brought you to Lincoln?
I went here from Grade 7–12, and then worked with the Head of the Science Department when I got my MAT at Brown. When a job opened up, I knew it was a place I wanted to work!

What is one aspect of your job that you are particularly passionate about?
I am passionate about working with the students, of course, but am especially passionate about seeing their excitement when the learn the amazing reasons "why" behind natural phenomena.

One of the hallmarks of a Lincoln education is academic excellence. How have you seen this in action on our campus?
I see this in the thoughtful dedication to intellectual curiosity in both students and faculty.

What are you currently reading and why?
I am usually reading several books at once. Here’s the list right now: 

  1. Circe by Madeline Miller (because it is beautifully written)
  2. Tales From the Inner City by Shaun Tan (because his combination of writing and pictures is astounding and profound)
  3. Knives of the South by P.F. Chisholm (because it's a great read, and the hero, Sir Robert Carey, is sort of adorable)
  4. Voyage of the Beagle by Darwin (because I have never read the whole thing before)
  5. Plant Families by Bayton and Maughan (because I am doing a book review of it for the American Biology Teacher)*

Tell us something that most people don’t know about you. 
My horse and I came in second nationally in our division last show season.

*We are so proud to share the news that Dr. Hibbitt has recently had two articles about her teaching accepted for publication! “Using Skeleton Typograms to Explore Comparative Anatomy”–a piece about Lincoln’s Comparative Anatomy elective–will be published in American Biology Teacher, and “Walking the Slope: A Graph Underfoot”–which highlights the way that she teaches graphing in her Grade 8 Introduction to Physical Science class–will be published in Science Scope.