Getting to Know Cassie Canelas P ‘34 ‘37, Primary School Faculty

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Cassandra CanelasThrough our Faculty/Staff Spotlight series, we invite our community members to get to know Gulliver Prep teachers and staff members across every division. Our most recent spotlight features Mrs. Cassie Canelas P ‘34 ‘37, Primary School Faculty. Read on to discover why she loves teaching Primary School students, how she keeps her students engaged in learning, her favorite dish at a local restaurant, and more.

How long have you been at Gulliver? What is your favorite thing about our school?

A: This is my 17th year teaching at Gulliver. What I love most about our school is the community of families and friends I have made throughout all my years working here. I love seeing and staying connected with former students and families. I have also made long-lasting friendships. Gulliver is part of my extended family. 

What is one thing people may not know about you?

A: I am a certified Scuba Diver.

How do you keep your students engaged in learning?

A: The key to keeping my students engaged is making the learning process fun! It is also important to connect with every student. When a child knows they are loved and feels like they are in a safe learning environment, they will be open to learning.  

Why do you love teaching Primary School students? 

A: Being a Kindergarten teacher is a gift! This is such an important year of growth for children. They are learning more about themselves and how to be a kind and caring person in our community. They are also learning so many new skills that will help them be successful students and individuals. Being able to be a part of a child becoming a reader, a writer, or discovering something new they can do is so fulfilling.

Cassandra Canelas

What advice would you give to Lower School students as they transition to Middle School?

A: Always believe in yourself and know that your teachers are here to help you. Stay organized and let your teachers know when you need help or guidance. 

Raider Rapid Fire! 

Your go-to afternoon pick-me-up or snack: Chocolate

The last book you read or TV show you binged: The Crown

A Gulliver memory that will stick with you forever: The day I brought both of my sons to school with me was a day I will never forget. 

Favorite restaurant dish in South Florida: Rigatoni bolognese from Apizza Brooklyn


Middle school student building.

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