Cassandra earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education from Brigham Young University – Hawaiʻi. She received a Master of Education in Educational Foundations from the University of Hawaiʻi. She then completed a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Hawaiʻi, studying educational equity and the dispersion of educational resources in Hawaiʻi's public schools. Cassandra's doctoral work and research interests include equity and access to qualified teaching and learning opportunities for underserved students, schools, and communities.
Cassandra has teaching experience at every level in K-12 instruction, including college-level mathematics. She has taught at the Church College of Western Samoa, Hauʻula Elementary School, Ke Kula Kaiapuni ʻO Hauʻula, Sunset Beach Elementary, and Brigham Young University – Hawaiʻi. Cassandra earned advanced licenses from the Hawaiʻi Teacher Standards Board in Special Education and Math Education. She has served in many teaching capacities for thirty years, working with children, teens, and young adults from the university's target areas, including Asia and the Pacific Rim. She also has educational experiences in Texas, Washington D.C., and China.
Cassandra was born and raised on the north shore of Oʻahu. She and her husband, Jonathan, have five children and, with their family, love to surf, hike, and travel.