Classroom Heroes Kim Nickel and Jennifer Cassel
Classroom heroes Kim Nickel, left, and Jennifer Cassel with
News-Sentinel Publisher Marty Weybret at Hutchins Street Square in
Lodi on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011. Nickel is a GATE teacher at Reese
Elementary School, while Cassel teaches AP English at Tokay High
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Jennifer Cassel at a glance
Jennifer Cassel graduated from Lodi High School in 1988. She
enrolled at University of California at Davis as an engineering
major, but graduated in 1991 with a degree in English. She earned
her master's degree in English from Sacramento State in 1996.
A high school teacher since 1994, Cassel spent 13 years at Bear
Creek High School before moving to Tokay High School in 2008. In
2008, Cassel spent two weeks as an intern at the Globe Theatre in
London, with 12 other Northern California teachers learning how to
better teach Shakespeare.
Posted: Monday, December 5, 2011 12:00 am
Updated: 7:35 am, Mon Dec 5, 2011.
If someone had told Jennifer Cassel upon her graduation from
Lodi High School that in 20 years she would be teaching English
classes to teenagers, she would have called them crazy. But one
literature class at University of California, Davis, intended as a
break from her heavy engineering major course load, was all it took
to change her mind.
"It felt like coming home," she said. Now she teaches three
periods of senior AP English literature at Tokay, along with
college prep English for juniors, with so much passion that her
students say they have been converted into Shakespeare fans.
Monday, December 5, 2011 12:00 am.
Updated: 7:35 am.