Casandra Robinson originally from a farming town in Southern California where she attended public schools that were progressive, but not particularly challenging. That motivated her in her to excel in school, eventually earning a bachelors degree from California State University Long Beach and a double MA in Rhetorical Studies and Instructional Communication.
She began working in education as a Graduate Associate, teaching college level courses in communication studies. After a year of working as an adjunct professor, she moved to New York City to teach at a small Catholic high school in Brooklyn. She is currently the Middle School Program Director at Breakthrough New York, a nonprofit that transforms the lives of talented kids from low-income backgrounds by providing educational support from middle school through college. Her professional and personal focus is to help students from economically challenging backgrounds, like herself, cultivate a genuine appreciation for learning and all the opportunity it brings.
The racial make-up of faculties at American public schools doesn’t match that of their student bodies—and it’s not even close.
While students of color are now the majority in public schools, the number o...