Wood Technology instructor Catie Chaplan

Catie Chaplan


Catie Chaplan has been an instructor at the Wood Technology Center since the mid-1990s. She currently is the lead instructor in the Carpentry program. In addition, Catie teaches the computer-aided design (CAD) and computer numeric control (CNC) classes at the WTC and is interested in combining digital fabrication with traditional building techniques.

Catie has been a professional builder for the past 26 years and has worked for general contractors, boat builders, and cabinet shops. She has owned and operated a residential design/build company in Seattle since 2002. Catie received a BA in Philosophy from Colgate University in 1990. She began her career in woodworking when she moved to Seattle and, enrolled in the Marine Carpentry Program at the Wood Technology Center (formerly Gompers). Catie was the first woman ever to graduate from the Marine Carpentry Program.

Catie is dedicated to teaching and is an active member of the Wood Technology Center community. She enjoys getting to know students and helping them develop great building and computer skills.