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 Sonya Evans, English Department Chair and Resident Faculty.
Q. Full name?
Sonya Lee Evans
Q. Where were you born?
I was born in Fullerton, CA, in Orange County.
Q. Favorite word?
This is a hard one. I'm trying to decide between sounds of words: "supercilious," meanings of words: "peace," and words I like to hear: "OK, Mom." I think I'll go with "resilience" because it fits at least two of those categories.
Q.What do you do here at San Domenico? And what is your favorite part of your job?
In the Upper School, I teach AP Literature and I am the English Department Chair. In our Boarding Program, I am the Resident Life Curriculum Coordinator and I live on campus as a Resident Faculty. In the Lower School, I am the mother of two San Domenico students, Audrey (5th) and Eliza (1st). Next year I will get to add "Middle School parent" to the list!
My favorite part of my job is seeing how much students grow in their time here. I have the privilege of watching many of our Upper School students in their roles as students and in their lives in the dorms. I get to eat meals with them, take them on trips, and participate in activities with them. In their four years at San Domenico, I see their confidence, talents, and maturity evolve. Sometimes that growth emerges in their dedication to a project, an incredible performance on stage, or in their ability to accept disappointments along with their successes. I have taught in many independent schools in my career, but I have never seen a school that empowered its students the way San Domenico does.
Q. Which Dominican value inspires you the most this week and why? (Study, Reflection, Community, or Service)
I think the value that inspires me the most is Reflection. Everything is important, of course: study, community, and service are all integral to the San Domenico experience, but without reflection, it's all "doing" without experiencing the benefits of the action. Reflection allows us to think through important decisions, to appreciate what we have, what we have accomplished, and what we are working on both individually and as a community. It's taking that quiet moment to look at the hills and the trees instead of rushing past them with our heads down, focused on the next task. It's being fully present.
Q.What is your ideal weekend?
These days my ideal weekend is camping with my family. I don't love all of it: the packing/unpacking, heating water for dishes, and mountains of laundry are not fun; but when I'm sitting around the campfire with my girls roasting marshmallows, there is that moment when I realize that we are creating memories that will be part of their childhood experience. It's easy for days and weekends to blend together with nothing to distinguish them - 18 years goes by pretty quickly - so it's worth all of the effort involved to carve out time away.
Sonya, from your inspiring teaching of literature to your loving care of our boarding community (students, staff, and baby owls!), we are so grateful for you. Your commitment to our SD family is a gift to us all. Thank you for all you do here at San Domenico!