Cassie Hardee – Upper Elementary Guide

Cassie Hardee was born in Texas, but spent years in Colorado. Cassie has always enjoyed learning and experiencing different cultures and their histories. Cassie has traveled extensively to Mexico, Guatemala, Spain, Ireland, Scotland, England, France, Portugal, Israel, Poland and others. She graduated from the University of North Texas in 2010 with a Bachelors Degree in English Literature and a minor in Jewish Studies, and in the Fall of 2010 took a job as a full-time substitute teacher at Rosslyn Academy in Nairobi, Kenya. Teaching primary and secondary students social studies, language, theater, journalism and conservation, she also started an extra-curriculum course on Film Studies for 12-14 year olds.

After spending nearly six months in Kenya, Cassie took a job working with an international non-profit in London, England during the 2012 Summer Olympics. While she was there, she received her Graduate degree and graduated with Honors from Royal Holloway, University of London with her Master in Arts in Screenwriting for Film and Television.

After returning to the States, Cassie worked in advertising and journalism, and in 2014 she moved back to DFW and took a job at the Star-Telegram in Ft. Worth. After only a few short years of working in the corporate world, fate had plans for her to be a teacher once more; this time in a Montessori school, the perfect place where she could incorporate her love of learning, discovery and excitement for the world! Cassie attended an intensive program at Houston Montessori Center in Upper Elementary education in 2017.

Katrina Gamber – Middle School Guide

Katrina Gamber is a Dallas native and the parent of an ACMS toddler. She joined ACMA this year as the lead guide for the middle school and is currently receiving her AMS certification. Katrina has always been passionate about the intersection of mental health and education. She received her B.A. in psychology and education from Southern Methodist University while simultaneously working with children diagnosed with Autism.

As a teacher, she continued her education and completed her M.S. in Counseling with specialities in school counseling and art therapy. She has been an educator for six years and holds Texas licenses for both teaching and counseling. “I am so thrilled to be part of community that is not only deeply invested in education, but also focused on fostering community, character, and global peace.”