Katharine Carter, M.A. - Graduate Assistant


Katharine Carter earned her BS in psychology (with a focus on school psychology and human
development) from Howard University and earned her MA in politics (with a focus on education policy)
from CUA.

She began her educational career as a teacher's assistant in an after-school program, and has several
years of teaching experience in various research and writing courses at the undergraduate and graduate

Prior to joining CTE, she conducted research at various education advocacy organizations, including the
American Federation of Teachers, where she analyzed data on the vicarious trauma of educators and
the needs of educators.
Katharine is currently a PhD Candidate in the National Catholic School for Social Service where her
research interests are school-based mental health services, and trauma-informed education.

James Dolley, B.A. - Graduate Assistant


James Dolley is a graduate student in the 4+1 program in History and Secondary Education (M.A.) at The Catholic University of America. After his undergraduate years, he earned two bachelor’s degrees: one in History and one in French and Francophone Studies, from the same university. James hopes to eventually teach Social Studies and French at the Secondary level and possibly move on to obtain his PhD. He now works as a Graduate Assistant in the Center for Teaching Excellence.

When he is not in class or at the CTE, James enjoys reading, exploring secondhand bookstores, cooking, exercising, and spending time with friends and family.

Joseph Petrella - Undergraduate Assistant


Joseph Petrella is an undergraduate student studying Politics with a pre-law track. He joined the Center for Teaching Excellence as a student assistant in December 2022 during his first year at Catholic University.