In order to share more of our amazing community here at SD, we offer this weekly #FacesOfSD to give you a chance to learn more about our faculty and staff. Today we are thrilled to introduce Caitlin Clark, Assistant Director of High School Admissions.
Caitlin grew up in Connecticut proudly proclaiming, “I could never live anywhere but New England. But after going to college at the University of Virginia, three years living in Jackson, WY, a short stint in New York City for graduate school, and my recent move to California, I rescind that statement – I’ve finally found my home in the Bay Area.” Quite conveniently, both of Caitlin’s sisters live here as well, so she is constantly recruiting them to be her wing-women on adventures that include hiking, biking, “beaching,” playing squash, trying out different restaurants, and heading up to Tahoe. Professionally, she says she’s zigzagged across the country, exploring jobs as a teacher, tutor, waitress, journalist, and counselor. The latter was the position that really resonated with her, and ultimately what she chose to study in graduate school. She loves working with students through the wonders and challenges of growing up, and feels that developing, as a student, is wholly intertwined with developing as a person. She says this understanding of guidance and social-emotional growth is really what drew her to exploring admissions at SD. This community fully supports education and development, in every sense of the words.
Here, Caitlin answers our Spotlight questions:
Q. Full name?
A. Caitlin Knight Clark
Q. Where were you born?
A. Greenwich, CT
Q. Favorite word?
A. “Barbeque.” I love that your understanding of this word can say a lot about where you come from, and there really isn’t a right or wrong answer. My dad, from Seattle, thinks this term refers to anything that can be cooked on a grill. My mom, from Georgia, sees things differently. Barbeque, to her, very specifically refers to pulled pork with a vinegar-based sauce served with slaw and butterbeans. To me, it symbolizes a family with roots at opposite corners of the country and a quirky, multifaceted family that grew as a result of two peoples’ agreement to disagree. (Mom’s right though, you need slaw.)
Q. What do you do here at San Domenico? And what is your favorite part of your job?
A. I am the High School Admissions Associate here at SD. I work with the rest of the admissions team, guiding families through the application process and getting the word out about how fantastic SD is! My absolute favorite part of the job is helping to coordinate our student visit program. Not only do I get to see visitors walk away with a real understanding of what SD is all about, but I get to know our awesome student ambassadors and am constantly blown away by what an incredibly thoughtful job they do as hosts.
Q. Which Dominican value inspires you the most this week and why? (Study, Reflection, Community, or Service?)
A. This week is all about Reflection for me. We completed our Upper School Open House, so now it is time to reflect on what worked and what we can improve upon in the future. Looking back on this hugely successful event allows me to revel in the fact that all our hard work paid off! It is also allowing me to catch my breath before moving onto the next project.
Q. What are your plans for the weekend?
A. This weekend you will find me in San Francisco babysitting my awesome, 2-year-old nephew Sam, which will likely entail lots of chasing and an argument over whether I will read him The Little Engine That Could for the 400th time. If I have a shred of energy left after that, I will be off to yoga and then to celebrate a friend’s birthday with a fun dinner out!
Caitlin, for the warm welcome you give to every prospective family, and the extra mile you go in working with your colleagues, thank you for everything you do here at San Domenico. We are grateful to have you as part of our SD community!