Lion is Finalist in Great American Teach-Off

GOOD and University of Phoenix has named Nuview California Lion Cassandra Anne Hammond as one of 20 finalists for the Great American Teach-Off. The program will award two deserving teachers – one from grades K-6 and one from grades 7-12 – with $10,000 classroom grants.

Now through March 17th finalists are competing for public votes to secure their place as one of America’s most innovative teachers. You can watch Cassandra’s video response to a series of questions highlighting her creativity and passion in the classroom, as well as her positive impact on the greater education community. Vote and Video

Cassandra grew up in the small community of Nuevo, Calif., and went back after college to teach. She wants to give back to the very community that has given so much to her. She channels her love of the arts and her determination to make this world a better place into influencing her students to be more compassionate and creative individuals. She uses her passion for books to take her students to different parts of the world, back in time, and puts them into different situations so that they can learn how to build a better world for their future.

Cassandra has supported and helped introduce the arts to her town and its children.  Recently, she created the Community Arts Council and will introduce the town’s first Summer Arts Camp.

Cassandra directs the after school Community Theater Group, which puts on two shows a year with an average of 25 middle and high school students involved per show. This theater group is completely free to anyone interested in being part of it. She also helped create the first community “Apricot Festival,” which educates the community about the history of Nuevo, Calif. and showcases local talented children.

Through her dedication to the arts and the children of the community, Cassandra has created a safe haven where students can be themselves and learn to be creative, caring and responsible young men and women.

She hopes to receive the grant money from The Great American Teach-Off to create a mobile project-based learning lab so that her students can use technology to research, create and publish projects across the curriculum.

Vote for Lion Cassandra Anne Hammond

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