ABOUT As a doctoral student, Casey received the highest accolades for outstanding research in the field of educational equity by the Myra Sadker foundation. At the time, her research focused on peer aggression in adolescence through the lens of curriculum development, social emotional learning, and policy in schools. From her earliest years as a classroom teacher, Casey was profoundly inspired by the work of Paolo Freire and more contemporary critical theorists. She researched the societal paradigms of heteronormativity, power, race, and class, and analyzed how systems of inequity are replicated intentionally and through hidden curricula in school environments.
During those years as a young educator, Casey poured her heart and soul into this work, speaking at conferences and community events, spending hours and hours with middle school girls and their parents, and facilitating professional development to lean into hard conversations about inclusion and diversity in schools during a time when this was not widely being done.
Casey has spent over 15 years in middle and secondary school education and administration. In more recent years, Casey has expanded the scope of her work to focus on childhood and intergenerational trauma and trauma-informed teaching. Casey came to this work during her yoga teacher training, and this has evolved into both her passion and area of expertise. Trauma-informed pedagogy is deeply personal to her on may levels, and she will be speaking at the National Association of Independent Schools Annual Conference in 2021 to share her most recent findings and research.
"The teacher is of course an artist, but being an artist does not mean that he or she can make the profile, can shape the students.
What the educator does in teaching is to make it possible for the students to become themselves."