Centennial High School

Catch the Vision

Cassidy Montoya

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About Me
What is your role(s) at Centennial High School.: 

Hi everyone. I teach Civics and Personal Financial Literacy, and I am also the ACE Coordinator for our campus. I facilitate the process through which students can earn elective credits for their paid or volunteer work. I'm also the Transition Specialist, so when there is a need for support around the transition to life after high school, I'm your girl.

How long have you worked at Centennial?: 

This year (2015-2016) is my eighth at Centennial, and my thirteenth as an educator.

What do you love about working at Centennial?: 

Oh, so many things I can say here. Bottom line--the kids. I love our students. Nowhere else will you find a more creative, artistic, self-expressive crew. "Are you ready to make a change?" This is the question they practiced for after Orientation, the ultimate interview test, and not only did they nail it for admission, they continue to walk that walk for another few years, in some cases. AND, they let us watch. The Centennial staff is the luckiest in all of education because we are invited by our kids to see the entire transformation, start to finish, and they even hug us for it when it's all said and done. Amazing.

I also love working with Robert :)

What is a hobby you have outside of school?: 

Living life with my three guys (Rob, Max and Sonny), reading, camping, mountain biking, dirt biking, hanging out on our boat at Horsetooth in summer, rafting, tubing the Poudre, etc.

I'm also mildly ashamed to admit I love to vegetate in front of the TV. Sad, but true.

What is one piece of advice you have for students of CHS?: 

Compounding interest. Hopefully you roll through ACE PFL B and you know what I mean. If you don't, come by sometime and let me nag you about it.

Also, here are some words of wisdom I saw on a bumper sticker once: "Life is like a corndog. I don't know why; it just is."

My Classroom
Courses Taught: 

Civics A, Civics B, Civics Block

ACE Personal Financial Literacy A, B and Block

ACE Work Experience

About My Classroom: 

Popcorn machine, 5-gal water bottle with a spout, goodies to snack on, cast-off rolly chairs, big tables, a class quote board, and never overhead lights. It's as good as it gets.