Cassandra Lentz, middle school science teacher
Q: Why did you choose to teach at GCAA?
A: It [GCAA] has a reputation for the artistic student, and I grew up in the arts and thought it would be a good fit.
Q: Where were you before this/teaching here?
A: I taught at Preclarus Mastery Academy, which is in the Third Baptist church on the corner, and before that, I was in the Ferguson Florissant District, Jennings, Hazelwood.
Q: Where did you go to college and what was your major?
A: I went to Newman University, it’s a small college in Wichita, Kansas. I had a triple major with photographic art, ancient history, and English literature with a triple minor in music, international studies, and theatre.
Q: What’s your long-term goal for your students/class?
A: To find some fun in learning and something that they love to talk about–hopefully something science related.
Q: How do you start every morning and how do you end every night?
A: I start every morning by hitting the snooze as many times as I possibly can, and I end every night by putting my babies to bed and falling asleep with them, usually.
Q: What’s the hardest thing about your job?
A: Staying organized and grading papers.
Q: What would be your worst nightmare?
A: Honestly, my worst nightmare would be anything with snakes. Anything.
Q: Do you find it hard to say no, often resulting in you doing favors you don’t want to do?
A: I do have a hard time saying no, and that’s because I want everyone around me to be happy.
Q: If you could take a one month trip anywhere in the world and money was not a consideration or a problem, where would you go and what would you do?
A: I would hop from country to country to get as many as I could in [for the trip], and I would try the fries in each of those countries to compare it to the next. So far I found out that the Netherlands has the best french fries. Thailand had the best noodles, and the pad Thai was just amazing, plus they had like this ramen soup. And South Korea had the best orange juice. The best orange juice.