Cassandra Kessler was born in Detroit, Michigan and spent her formative years in Redford and South Lyon, Michigan. She has been passionate about education her entire life, wanting to be a teacher since she pronounced it to all the guests at her kindergarten graduation ceremony. After graduating from Grand Valley State University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies, she returned to Southeastern Michigan to work for the newly founded district, the Educational Achievement Authority (EAA) of Michigan, to help turn around Detroit schools. As a first-year teacher at Henry Ford High School, Cassandra has dived right into the student-centered model that the EAA works under. She is continuously improving the model in her classroom and works with other teachers in her school and across the district to implement the model. She is working on her Masters of Teaching and Curriculum at Michigan State University.