Cassandra Brink

Cassandra Brink

Fairfax Lead Teacher - 2nd Grade

cassandra.brink@larchmontcharter.org

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I am a California native. I grew up in Corona and Huntington Beach, but moved to Humboldt County (Eureka) in Northern California when I was 16. At first I hated it, but it's beautiful Redwood trees and small town charm eventually won me over, and I decided to stay for college.

Where did you go to school and what was your major?
I went to Humboldt State University and my major was Elementary Education.

What is your highest degree held?
Bachelor of Arts

Why did you want to be a teacher/work in education?
I have always enjoyed working with children from the time I was a child myself. In middle school I volunteered in a first grade classroom. I was mostly in charge of washing paintbrushes and stapling math workbooks. However, I still remember how proud I felt when the teacher had me work with a student on writing his name. From that moment on I knew that teaching was in my future.

How long have you been teaching/working in education?
I have been working in education for 10 years now. I started while in college working in an after school program. In 2009 I moved to L.A and started at Larchmont Charter School as an intern with the first grade team. I then taught in the second and third grade loop for seven years. This year I return to first grade!

What is your favorite thing about LCS?
I love so many things about Larchmont Charter School. I love the supportive environment and trust the administration has in its teachers. I love the small community and how the school feels like a second home. I working with teachers who are dedicated and passionate about their jobs. There is a lot to love about LCS!

What was your favorite book when you were the age of your students?
My favorite book as a first grader was a book from 1973 called Pete’s First Day at school. It was about an elephant who was nervous about starting his first day at school. It was interactive and it asked you to do things like knock on the door and count out treats for Pete’s classmates. I probably read that book everyday in first grade.