Born and raised in South Florida, Cassie moved to Massachusetts to attend Williams College, where she braved the cold weather and received her Bachelor of Arts degrees in Art History and Spanish Literature. While at Williams, Cassie studied abroad through Colby College at the University of Salamanca in Spain. After Williams, Cassie moved back to the Sunshine State to attend law school at the University of Florida, Levin College of Law. While in law school she had the opportunity to study South African law at the University of Cape Town. Cassie was awarded her Juris Doctor, was admitted to the Florida Bar, and subsequently practiced commercial transactional law in South Florida before she segued into teaching.
Prior to practicing law, Cassie taught high school English for ESL students, an experience that awakened in her a love for teaching. After a time, Cassie returned to the classroom and taught for a number of years, working closely with Advanced Placement Art History, Advanced Placement English Language, Honors 10th Grade English, and Honors Art History and Criticism students to help them develop their voices as writers and hone their close reading and researching skills. Over the years, her students consistently performed well above the state and national averages for their end of course and placement exams—something that was only enhanced through her role as an AP Reader for the College Board. Both inside and outside the classroom, Cassie helped guide and empower students to unlock their strengths as college-bound leaders by mentoring students and supporting their interests, co-founding several initiatives aimed at building student self-efficacy, including: a college and scholarship essay writing program; an officially licensed, independently licensed TEDx event; an accelerated English cohort for top 10th graders; a summer SAT/ACT preparation camp; and, the junior book award program. Cassie also served as the Miami Herald Silver Knight Coordinator for her school, working with academically driven, service-oriented students on developing compelling major community service projects from as early as 6th grade on. Passionate about literature and art, Cassie recognizes the power of language in a given situation, and believes the best results come from careful study and a place of love and understanding. A proud Eph, Cassie is actively involved with the Williams College Alumni Association and is committed to sharing her love for the Purple Valley!
When not tutoring or studying, Cassie enjoys time on her hammock listening to bird songs or podcasts, on her Peloton with her favorite spinning instructors, or in her kitchen trying to recreate her Abuela’s singular flan.