Academic Coaches

Cassie Smith

Academic Coach

Hometown: Corona, CA

Degree(s): CA Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, Hope International University; B.A. in Liberal Studies, Cal Poly Pomona University

Serving: Master of Education and Credential Students

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Academic Coach Since: 2015

Advice to prospective students?

One of my favorite quotes is by John C. Maxwell, which reads, “The difference between where we are and where we want to be is created by the changes we are willing to make in our lives.” Making the decision to go back to school and continue your education can be scary, but once you are willing to take that leap of faith, it is so worth it! The journey of growing and challenging yourself to accomplish things you never thought were possible is an experience and fulfillment you can never replace. We all have a unique calling and passion in life; I love when I talk with students who have realized their calling and are pursuing their education in order to reach the place where they know they are called to be. 

How do you spend your free time?

Whether it’s taking trips to Disneyland or cuddling up together to watch a movie, I love spending time with my husband and our two crazy little boys. I love going to a good ol’ baseball or football game, enjoying a fun restaurant with friends, experiencing new adventures, and having dance parties in the living room with my two little boys.