Mary Kassir has a broad range of teaching experience through a variety of diverse populations ranging from low-income urban to high-income west suburban demographics. Ms. Kassir began her career in the Chicago Public Schools and has instructed in the Spanish language across varying ability levels both in conjunction with the Special Education department and through the Advanced Placement program.
Currently, she is teaching AP Spanish at Waubonsie Valley High School, in Aurora, where she is the sponsor of the Spanish Honors Society and liaison to the Hispanic Parent Advocacy Group. She is also a member of her school’s Equity Team, championing the cause for increased participation by minority students in Advanced Placement courses. For her efforts, Ms. Kassir was awarded the Spotlight Teacher Award by the Illinois Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents.
Throughout her career, Ms. Kassir has passionately pursued her academic endeavors both within and beyond the Spanish language. In 2012, Ms. Kassir attained a Master’s degree in Spanish Literature from Northern Illinois University, successfully defending her thesis on the Literary Representation of the Dirty War of Argentina. She was also awarded the 2011 Outstanding Woman Student Award in Romance Languages.
She completed her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership with a Principal endorsement from North Central College where she focused her efforts heavily on bridging the achievement gap.
Ms. Kassir enjoys cooking, and traveling home and abroad with her two boys, Sami and Anthony, 12 and 10 years old respectively.