Cassidy Brown

STEM Teacher, Honor Dean
Johns Hopkins University, MA
Wake Forest University, BS
email: cassidy.brown [at] sonomaacademy.org
phone: (707) 545- 1770 x3415

“I moved across the country for this job, and it was definitely worth the move. Just from my interview day, I could tell that SA was a unique community that valued education, but also service, activism, creativity, and community. This place is so different from other places I've worked—I love the mutual respect between students and teachers, the willingness to take risks, and the emphasis we place on helping kids discover what's awesome and unique about themselves—both in and out of the classroom.” These are the reasons Cassidy loves her job as a STEM teacher at Sonoma Academy.

Cassidy received her BS from Wake Forest University, double majoring in History and Chemistry. She then went on to do graduate work at Johns Hopkins University in History of Science. She began her teaching career as a peer tutor in college and then moved into a TA role in graduate school. She went on to teach at a boarding school in Maryland, becoming chair of the science department, coaching tennis and soccer, and running a girls’ dorm. Cassidy came to Sonoma Academy in 2014, and she teaches courses in math, science, and even Humanities—classes such as The History of Science and Science Fiction. 

Outside of school, Cassidy enjoys playing with her two cats and baby niece, rock climbing, roller skating, Olympic weightlifting, cooking, knitting, and playing board games. She is proud of her work and the work of the school because of the way the students progress into adulthood with the ability to think for themselves, treat everyone with respect, and stand up for what is right. She is proud to see our students take the same ideas of equity, inclusions, privilege, and activism that she works through outside of class and use their voices to make changes in the world.
This place is so different from other places I've worked. I love the mutual respect between students and teachers, the emphasis on taking risks, and the way we strive to help kids discover what's awesome and unique about themselves—both in and out of the classroom.

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The only private, independent, college preparatory high school in Sonoma County. On our beautiful campus nestled at the base of Taylor Mountain in Southeastern Santa Rosa, Sonoma Academy students are able to explore their interests and passions in a rigorous and inspiring environment that develops a lifelong love of learning and prepares them for college and beyond.