Cassandra Orr

Assistant Teacher, Nursery

BS, The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago

cassandrao@miquon.org

610-828-1231

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I’m delighted to be returning to the Nursery in the fall as a co-teacher, after several years working in a support role, and spending the last year and a half as an assistant teacher. Before moving to Philadelphia and discovering Miquon, I spent time in France working with middle and high school students teaching English. Prior to my time abroad, I lived in Chicago working with a non-profit partnered with both public and private school garden programs, teaching student and family cooking classes and helping to develop zero waste initiatives.

The thing I love about working at Miquon is the challenge of working with 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 just the last two years with my teaching partner I’ve cultivated and guided explorations ranging from planning and collaboratively planting a class garden, to a study of The Gingerbread Man, to spooky stories and monsters. With this approach, not only am I guaranteed to learn something new, I get to participate in a dynamic process that empowers children to take the lead in their learning.

In my free time, you’ll find my nose in book, tending a little garden and ever-growing plant collection, trying my hand at new recipes and cuisines, or exploring the city by bike.