Cassandra Fiore

Nursery Teacher

BS, The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago


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After living and teaching in Chicago and France, I made my way to this little haven in the woods that is Miquon.

One thing I love about working in the Nursery is the challenge of an emergent curriculum, an approach that begins with the child’s interests–even if they diverge from my own areas of comfort or expertise.

In past years, together with the children and my teaching partners, we’ve cultivated and guided explorations ranging from planning and collaboratively planting a class garden, redesigning and creating our playscape, and throwing a spooky night party for families. With this approach, not only am I guaranteed to learn something new every day, I get to participate in a dynamic process that empowers children to take the lead in their learning.

These days, beyond the trees of campus, I’m likely to be found biking, checking in on chickens at a neighborhood farm, tending my postage-stamp size garden, making postcards, writing letters, or practicing for the Sing Slavic Choir.