Cassandra is the first person to greet you when you arrive on campus, and her calm and cheerful demeanor immediately sets visitors at ease. Thoughtful, warm, and cool under pressure, she is the keeper of much of our practical knowledge. And, yes, she is the keeper of the tardy slips, too. But that role comes with some perks. “Although my day may begin with doling out a handful of tardy slips, I truly enjoy greeting every student who stops by my desk for any reason,” she says. “I find myself perpetually buoyed by their energy, humor and humility.”
As a student at UC Santa Cruz, Cassandra majored in Modern Society & Social Thought, a field of study related to sociology that prepared her well to work in a role that requires an understanding of human behavior. After graduating from college, Cassandra raised two children (now in their twenties), and worked at Waldorf School of the Peninsula for eight years.
On evenings and weekends, Cassandra is always undertaking ambitious home improvement and gardening projects with her husband. While Sonoma Academy is an openly dog-friendly school, Cassandra jokes that she is one of the few proud “cat people”— she has two beloved felines at home.
In her role here, Cassandra is uniquely positioned to see firsthand how the school culture affects the whole community. “This an ideal setting for students, and also for everyone who works here,” she says. “There is an openness that is reflected in every interaction in on campus—among students, faculty, admin staff, and beyond.” Her days at work are punctuated with witnessing small triumphs: “I love to see clearly how well the school is working for our students, and how the school’s mission really permeates everything we do.”