at the Table
Teaching, Writing, and Well-Being
The Table Setters
Kate Schenck is currently teaching 9th grade and 11th grade English at an all-girls independent school. Kate has been teaching middle and high school English literature and writing since 2007. She began teaching in the DC Teaching Fellows program and started her career in Washington, DC Public Schools. She has taught in public charter schools, as well as the Dallas Independent School District. A former department chair and instructional coach, Kate was 2019 Teacher of the Year and a North Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts Teacher of the Excellence. Kate has presented at the National Coalition of Girls Schools annual conference and has attended workshops at Bard College and the Global Online Academy. Kate is currently pursuing a Masters in Social Work at the University of Texas at Arlington, and has a Masters in Teaching from American University, a Master of Arts from Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Southern Methodist University.
Megan Griffin currently teaches 10th and 11th grade English at an all-girls independent school. In 2004, she began teaching freshmen and sophomore writing classes, as well as introductory literature courses, at the collegiate level. In 2010, she made the shift to teaching high school English and has never looked back, as she loves working with the young women at her current independent school, developing their creative and academic voices. A 2007 Graduate Instructor of the Year and a 2018 Teacher of the Year, Megan has also served in administrative roles as both an assistant to the Director of Composition as well as department chair. She has published a couple of articles on nineteenth-century American women writers in academic journals and presented at various conferences, including the Society of Early Americanists, Feminisms and Rhetorics, College English Association, and the National Coalition of Girls Schools. Megan has a PhD in English from Texas Christian University and a Bachelor of Arts in English and American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.
Caitlin Rathe currently teaches history and government at an all-girls independent school. She took a meandering path to history, after receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and French from Willamette University and teaching English to high school students in France. Eventually, Caitlin received a PhD in History from the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) where her research focused on the development of food welfare programs in the late-20th century she developed and taught a course on the History of Wealth and Poverty in 20th C. as well as teaching Introduction to University writing for 3 years.U.S. She has published op-eds and think pieces in random places on the web, and presented at a variety of conferences, including Policy History, Agricultural History, the Association for the Study of Congress, and the Rothermere American Institute at Oxford. She served as a Summer Archival Fellow on Structural Inequality at the University of Baltimore and received the Steve and Barbara Mendell Graduate Fellowship in Cultural Literacy from the Capps Center at UCSB. When not thinking about the classroom, Caitlin works as a producer/ archival researcher for podcasts about history, including LBJ and the Great Society, Nixon at War, and currently on Eclipsed. She is looking forward to bringing Her Voice at the Table to your ears through a podcast
Jessica Bailey is a high school English teacher who currently teaches sophomore and senior level English courses. She has been teaching English literature and writing at the high school level for the last fifteen years. She is dedicated to lifelong learning and literacy, which she hopes to inspire in her students. In addition to being in the classroom, Jessica is also an administrator at the independent, all-girls school where she teaches. She holds a Masters in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from The University of Texas at Arlington, as well as Bachelor of Arts in English from Loyola Marymount University.