Harper Creek High School
Battle Creek, Michigan
Cassandra Kratky discovered her passion for teaching as an engineer with the Union Pacific Railroad. After earning a degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan State University, Cassandra went on to work as a manager at a freight car repair facility. She traveled and lived in Omaha, Nebraska and Palestine, Texas. “The more I learned what being an engineer was about, the more I realized that it was not the career for me.”
Cassandra looked for opportunities to teach while working for the railroad, but this was not enough. “My desire to teach was so overpowering that it led me to make the most difficult decision of my life.” She quit her job and returned to Michigan to earn her teaching credential.
Cassandra has served as a finite mathematics teaching assistant at Western Michigan University and has taught at the Sylvan Learning Center in Battle Creek. She is a member of Western Michigan University’s Science and Mathematics Teacher Association and the recipient of a PhysTEC Noyce Scholar Award. She was named Presidential Scholar in the department of Teaching, Learning and Educational Studies. Cassandra hopes to gain a support system of like-minded, passionate teachers through her KSTF Teaching Fellowship. “I think I can impact the future generation by cultivating a sense of empowerment and by showing my students how to be self-regulated learners and problem solvers.”