I'm Brian Cassels,
I am a professional educator, and a tireless learner. I was raised in the Panhandle of Oklahoma, once referred to as "No Man's Land". I attended the University of Oklahoma where I earned a bachelor degree in Education with an emphasis in Social Studies.
After a five-year stay in the Nashville area, I made my way to sunny Los Angeles in 2000. I was fortunate to find my way into this rewarding career when in 2006, I began teaching full-time. A year later, I met my amazing wife, Jane, with whom I share two boys and a pair of dogs.
I am dedicated to becoming a better instructor. I believe that it is a teacher's job to be a student, too. By that, I mean that I am focused on understanding and developing the methods and skills that will make me a better educator. I recently completed my coursework for my credential for teaching at the University of California, Los Angeles.
University of California Los Angeles-Extension,
Los Angeles, California
Completed the Education Specialist Induction Program,
Curriculum/Instruction Track Series.
University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma
Earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education,
Guymon High School, Guymon, Oklahoma
High School Diploma.
Teaching & Instructional Experience
Special Education Classroom Instructor
2006 - Present
Exceptional Children’s Foundation - Kayne Eras Center
Culver City, California
Provides specialized instruction aligned with California Content and Common Core Standards for Curriculum
Successfully teaches modified and accommodated secondary-level curriculum to students with special needs
Provides a safe and supportive learning environment with rigorous instruction and expectations for all learners
Employs a positive behavior support system to address challenging behaviors and promote student growth
Generates regular reports evaluating students’ progress to support recommendations for further student development.
Maintains frequent contact with families, support providers, paraprofessionals and other stakeholders to promote and ensure student success.
Incorporates learning strategies for learning disabled students encompassing self-questioning, rehearsal and review, positive behavior support, cognitive behavior modification, differentiation, organization, memory strategies and modeling.
NPA Special Education Instructor
2017 - Present
S.T.A.R. Academy - Haynes Family of Programs -
La Verne, California
Independent contractor providing direct specialized academic instruction to clients with special needs.
Develops strategies and learning exercises to assist students in meeting IEP goals.
Generates progress reports documenting the area of focus, instructional strategies used, and any progress the client has made towards his/her IEP goal.
Substitute Teacher - Certified
2004 - 2006
Teachers On Reserve
Studio City, California
1997 - 1998
1993 - 1994
Oklahoma City Public Schools
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Classroom management, execution of lesson plans and evaluation of student progress
Long and Short Term Assignments in a variety of school settings and student demographics
Collaborated with Teachers and Administrators
Small Groups Instructor
Sylavan Learning Center
Instructed groups ranging from two to five students
Monitored and recorded student progress
Selected learning materials appropriate for students’ individual learning needs and objectives
Utilized positive reinforcement to incentivize student learning
Autism Spectrum Disorder added authorization (AAAS)
Special Instruction for English Language Learners (ELA1)
Administering & Scoring Academic Assessments, K-12 (R3MM)
SPED Instruction - mild-to-moderate disabilities (MM)
Small Group Planning (Homogeneous & Heterogeneous
Formative & Summative Assessment
Positive Behavior Support
CPR/First Aid Certified
CPI Crisis Management Certified for non-violent intervention
Welligent / SEIS trained
IEP PLoP, Goal, Transition Plan & Behavior Support Plan writing
WASC School-wide Curriculum Committee Chair
Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) certified instructor