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Cassi Lanie


5th Grade Teacher

At McGillis since 2007


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B.F.A., Therapeutic Recreation, University of Utah
Elementary Education Certification, University of Utah


When I am not in the classroom, I can be found trail running on the Bonneville Shoreline, tripping over the familiar rocks and roots with our yellow dog, Finch. My family and I spend a fair amount of time exploring, mountain biking, camping, and being immersed in a rich life together.  We also enjoy pouring love and sweat into our sweet little mid-century rambler! I enjoy reading and at any time have 3-5 books stacked on my bedside table waiting patiently in line to be the next one. Most recently, I have found gardening (if gardening is ripping out 60 years of ivy and bindweed) to be most satisfying, along with rudimentary sewing projects and tinkering around with making soap and lip balms to be a good way to pass the time. I continue to be inspired by people who make‚ art for a living or out of self-expression and passion.


I am currently reading:
The Devil's Highway by Luis Alberto Urrea, Holes by Louis Sachar, and Claiming The Spirit Within (women's poetry anthology). Additionally, I am hooked on listening to the podcast, The Cult of Pedagogy with host Jennifer Gonzalez  


I am learning to:
Harness my inner Chip and Joanna Gaines from Fixer Upper


Favorite McGillis lunch:
Fish Tacos, Veggie Curry, and Veggie Meatball Sub


Favorite McGillis tradition:
5th Grade Camping Trip


Favorite McGillis moment:
Every single time I see my own kiddo engaging in, learning from, having fun, and being a part of this warm and brilliant community!


The defining moment that led to your career in education:
I can't recall an exact moment or a time that I knew I wanted to be a teacher, however, I do know that I have always been drawn to working with children. From the early days of babysitting to creating and implementing recreational opportunities for children with disabilities, to taking kids camping in the desert for their first time; by pursuing a career in education, my life has been enriched. Children are at the heart of all that is good and right in this world, and there is no better way to spend my days than to be a teacher at The McGillis School!