As a sophomore in college, Catherine Hostetter was an undeclared liberal arts student and uncertain about what she wanted to do with her life. After telling her American literature professor that she was thinking of becoming an English major, Catherine was given this simple piece of advice: “Spending your time reading and writing will help you improve your written and verbal communication skills, which you can use in any job.”
Catherine took this advice to heart—she became an English major the very next day and has dedicated her career to helping her own students work on these very skills.
In 2014, Catherine joined Middlesex Community College as the instructional support specialist for the English department. At MxCC, she works closely with students to help them develop their reading, writing and critical thinking skills. Catherine does this by teaching Fast Track: English workshops, serving as a supplemental instructor in intensive English courses, and meeting with students individually.
Before moving to Connecticut, Catherine worked as an English instructor at Eastern Shore Community College in Melfa, Va. She previously taught a variety of composition courses as a part-time English instructor at four different community colleges and universities in Pennsylvania. Catherine’s experiences at Lehigh Carbon Community College and Northampton Community College fostered her love of working with community college students.
Catherine earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Villanova University, where she graduated summa cum laude, and her master’s degree in English from Boston College.
Originally from Pennsylvania, Catherine is a lifelong Philadelphia sports and Villanova basketball fan. When she is not working, Catherine enjoys spending time with her family and friends and going to concerts. She is slowly (very slowly) reading her way through a list of the 100 “greatest novels” of all time. Catherine also loves traveling; her most recent trip was to Australia, where she hiked the Blue Mountains, explored Sydney, and saw a ton of kangaroos.