The new art teacher is particularly grateful for the assistance of retiring art teacher Steve Schroeder.
"He was very helpful. He made the process smooth," Evans said.
Helpful art teachers have been an influence on Evans since before college. There were two who advised him while he attended school in Estherville, where he grew up.
"They helped me along not only with art, but also with life in general," Evans said.
There was never any question about art being part of his career. At first, he was considering a career in graphic design, but he subsequently decided to become an art teacher.
Evans believes studying art benefits more than just people with goals for careers that are specifically art related.
"Art helps people express emotions. It develops creativity that applies to almost any career," he said.
Evans is pleased with the opportunity to teach in Cherokee. He said Washington High School has a well-developed art program, including computer graphics, photography, advanced art, ceramics, jewelry and painting. He cited the jewelry class as an offering that is not available in other school districts of this size.
There is also a popular Art Club for which Evans serves as sponsor. He will continue the tradition of Art Club public service projects as well as fund raising for Art Club field trips.
Evans also coaches seventh grade football.
He is a 2002 graduate of Estherville High School and a 2006 graduate of Luther College