Cassidi grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and began tutoring while she was in high school. After graduating, Cassidi moved to California to attend the University of the Pacific, where she ran cross-country and track on the school’s distance team and majored in biology. During her undergraduate years, she began working in a research lab studying butterflies and stayed at UOP for her Masters so she could continue her research. The main focus of her research was tropical diversity, and she discovered several new species of butterflies while working abroad in Costa Rica for a year. Catching and studying butterflies is still one of her hobbies, even after completing her degree.
Teaching and mentoring became a passion of Cassidi’s. She has taught students age 8 to age 65 in a variety of subjects, from advanced biology to learning English as a second language, and she has also coached a middle school cross country team. Learning is like running: difficult at times, but with dedication, hard work, and the right attitude, anyone can succeed. But most importantly, learning should be fun! And Cassidi tries to work with students to help them enjoy learning so it becomes a life-long hobby.
Cassidi now lives in Sacramento with her husband and daughter. When she’s not teaching, you can find her hiking, camping, rock-climbing, or chasing butterflies with her net.