Meet the Teacher – December

Cassandra Mathious
Math Teacher – 8th Grade

Where were you raised (City, State)?
Dayton, Ohio

Where did you go to college?
BBA – University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Teacher Certification – Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA
MA in Curriculum and Instruction, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI
EdS in Curriculum and Instruction, Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, TN

When did you start teaching in CCSD?
I began teaching for CCSD in 2015.  Prior to  my employment with CCSD, I taught in Marietta City Schools for 20 years and Southern Polytechnic State University for 3 years.

How long have been at ETBMS?
I am currently in my 2nd year at ETBMS.

What subjects have you taught in CCSD?
I teach Math

Family (Spouse, kids, pets).: 
Husband – Terence; married 10 years.
Kids –
2 sons:  Desmond – 16 and Nicholas – 9
1 daughter:  Cassidy – 8

What’s the most innovative idea that you’ve tried in your classroom?
The most innovative idea I have tried in my math classroom is to ask students to use linear equations and systems of equations to examine the cost of college and to compare different colleges. Students compared the different colleges and used systems of equations to determine how financial aid in the forms of grants can help to pay for college.

Who is the best teacher you ever had and what made him or her special? 
The best teacher I ever had was my 12th grade English teacher, Mrs. Emmanuel.  In her classroom I felt as if I belonged because of her caring and supportive nature.  The classroom format encouraged me to participate in the process of learning. Although it was challenging,  she made the class goals obtainable.

What can parents do to prepare their children for learning?

Parents can do the following to assist their children for learning: Develop a partnership with their child’s teacher and school staff.  Support their child academically. Stay informed and advocate for their child.  Support their child’s learning at home.

What are the obstacles to getting all kids to achieve?
There are many obstacles to getting all kids to achieve. However, a major obstacle is motivation.  To encourage children’s motivation, it is important to be a good role model, to teach students to set high goals and to work hard to achieve goals, and to offer support.