I hope that my students come away from my class with the sense that science is both relevant and important to their lives, and that they eventually see themselves as scientists.”

Cassie’s Story

Teaching Discipline


Why Biology

“Biology ties in information from all sciences—I can incorporate physics, chemistry, and earth science. Plus, I find students are naturally curious about living things!”

Professional Experience

Cassie conducted research on water quality at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) as a student research intern. She also researched developmental genetics in C. elegans at UCR through the Hispanic-Serving Institutions – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics program. Cassie began teaching at John W. North High School during the 2016–2017 school year.

Volunteer Experience

Cassie facilitated demonstrations for seventh and eighth grade girls at two United Way Girls Excelling in Math with Success conferences. Cassie also volunteered as head coach for the Science Olympiad team at her school and Inspire Her Mind, a women in STEM group.


Cassie enjoys gardening and playing Dungeons and Dragons.

Academic Background

  • University of California, Riverside (Master of Education in Education)
  • University of California, Riverside (Bachelor of Science in Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology)