Meet Cassin Bertke
"I have always known I wanted to teach. Inspired by my third grade teacher, I played 'school' by teaching friends and stuffed animals alike. When I realized the best part of my senior year in high school was sitting around a table on Sunday afternoons solving BC Calculus problems with a group of friends, I knew my focus would be math."
Originally came to Highland in 1999
At Highland School since 1999, Ms. Bertke has been the Director of Studies, Upper School Academic Dean and Math teacher. Since 2010, Ms. Bertke has served as Upper School Director and the Assistant Head of School.
"I love Highland! I love our families, students, and teachers. I love that we are a community who laughs and cries together. Most importantly, I am inspired by the School’s mission of providing first-rate academic and co-curricular programs. It’s important to me – as our Chief Academic Officer – to work in partnership with all facets of school life – including athletics, arts, service, and field studies. Students benefit from the myriad of opportunities we offer them."
"I've just finished my seventeenth year here and I continue to be energized by the community of students, parents and teachers who surround me. I hope they recognize that I give my best each day so they try to do the same."
Ms. Bertke holds a Bachelors of Arts degree from Swarthmore College and a Masters in Education from the University of Virginia.
Classroom experience drives role as administrator
"During my time at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, I spent summers teaching math at various programs for middle and upper school students. After I graduated, I taught in urban public schools in New York City and London. When family called, I returned to the Mid-Atlantic as a housemother and math teacher at Foxcroft. This combination allowed me to have time to pursue my master's degree in Education from the University of Virginia. Finally, I arrived at Highland in 1999."
"I've just finished my seventeenth year here and I continue to be energized by the community of students, parents and teachers who surround me. I hope they recognize that I give my best each day so they try to do the same. I think teenagers are growing up in a culture that craves perfection. As adults, we know that’s an impossible standard. It’s important for teenagers to know that what we want for them is to be themselves and to try their hardest in any given situation."
- You can reach Cassin Bertke at 540-878-2702 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org