Catherine Lewis 5th-8th Grade Teacher

“Teaching has been my calling and passion from a very early age. From my own schooling I saw and experienced the impact that passionate and caring teachers could have on their students and the important loving and nurturing relationships that school has the potential to foster. I’ve been teaching for the past 11 years, first working with Deaf students in Boston, then working with a variety of ages in the Seattle area. I’m most recently coming from 8 years at The Attic Learning Community, a progressive, creative, holistic learning community. While it was difficult to leave, I feel strongly that Colorado and Running River have exactly what I need for my own next growth as a teacher, learner, and person. I have also just begun a Master's degree program at Naropa University studying Contemplative Education, which is extremely exciting, meaningful, and transformative work.

As a teacher, I believe in fostering loving, collaborative relationships with my students and families. I believe in supporting and challenging students right where they’re at and helping them become aware that they are partners and agents in their own growth and learning. I hold up loving mirrors, give honest feedback, and avoid manipulation. I observe and listen to students and have respect for the full and growing people that they (and we all) are.

 Adolescence is an especially critical time for people to be held in a strong, loving, supportive environment. Having worked with a variety of ages, I found that I am most passionate about working with this age group. It is such a fascinating time of growth and exploration of oneself and one’s potential place and impact in the world. I work to honor this important life stage and provide the support and opportunities necessary to cross this threshold into young adulthood.

 Why Running River?

I am thrilled to have found Running River and to be embarking on this journey of learning and teaching and life together. The holistic way of approaching education, appealing to the body, mind, and spirit, while holding high expectations for work and growth in community is exactly what I’ve been searching for in a learning community. I have a strong affinity for nature and the believe strongly in the power of outdoor adventures to transform us and am looking forward to sharing experiences with the kids and community.” 


Smith College-B.A. Education and Child Studies, 2005

Naropa University- M.A. Contemplative Education, program began 2016; expected graduation, 2018

Professional Experience

Kindergarten, Special Needs Lead Teacher: The Learning Center for Deaf Children (Randolph, MA) 2005-07

Resident Teacher, Grades 2/3: University Child Development School (Seattle, WA) 2007-08

Lead Teacher, various groups ages 5-14: The Attic Learning Community (Woodinville, WA) 2008-16