Casady School takes pride in its robust and talented faculty and staff. We fill positions with unique and experienced individuals who will continue Casady's mission to develop excellence, confidence, and integrity in our students.
Susan Abrams, Middle Division Computer Science: Susan Abrams has joined Casady’s Middle Division. She has been instructing students in computer science and CTE for over a decade and has been in the technology world for more than 30 years. Ms. Abrams has received numerous awards, including Wright Career College’s Teacher of the Quarter and SUNY Oswego’s National Business Education Award. Prior to joining the MD team, she taught Virtual CTE at Edmentum, Computer Programming I and II at Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School, and Microsoft Applications and Keyboarding at Wright Career College. Ms. Abrams received her Bachelor of Science in Business and Distributive Education from State University of New York in Oswego.
Alex Davis, Upper Division Math: Casady welcomes Alex Davis who brings extensive research history and classroom management to the Upper Division math department. Mr. Davis was previously a mathematics teacher at Westmoore High School and William Cullen Bryant High School in Queens, New York. Mr. Davis received his undergraduate degree in Religious Studies and his Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Oklahoma where he was a member of the Honors College and was a four-time Distinguished Scholar Award winner.
Cade Davis, Assistant Athletic Director for Upper Division and Head Boys’ Basketball Coach: The Athletics Department has gained both a new UD Assistant Director of Athletics and head boys’ basketball coach in Cade Davis. Before joining the Cyclones, Mr. Davis was serving as a Graduate Assistant at the University of Oklahoma. He played collegiate basketball for the Sooners where he was team captain in 2011 and led the team in Points and Rebounds Per Game the same year. He’s also in the Top 10 All Time for 3-point Field Goals Made and is a 1,000-point club member for OU. Mr. Davis received his Master’s of Adult and Higher Education in Intercollegiate Athletic Administration in May from OU.
Brittany Eck, Middle Division French: Brittany Eck brings her expertise in planning, coordinating, and creating a rigorous and engaging learning environment to her new role as a MD French teacher. Ms. Eck completed her undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Arts in World Languages Education. Before coming to Casady, Ms. Eck taught French at Westminster School and Edmond Public Schools.
Jayme Howell, Primary Division PreK Language Teacher: Returning to teach PreK Language in Primary Division this year is Jayme Howell. She has been working with young children for more than 20 years as a Montessori teacher and as a speech and language pathologist. Ms. Howell has a Bachelor’s of Science from Oklahoma State University, an Master’s of Science in Speech and Language from the University of Oklahoma, a Master’s of Arts Education in Early Childhood, and a Montessori Certification. She was a speech/language pathologist with local Oklahoma schools and was a teacher at Casady from 1996 until 2004, and then again from 2014 until 2018. Ms. Howell's children are both Casady alumni. Sumrall Howell graduated in 199 and Martin in 2003.
Dustin Keesee, Middle Division Science: Middle Division welcomes Dustin Keesee to their faculty. Mr. Keesee brings a comprehensive set of skills to science education, including project-based and experiential learning. He previously taught science curriculum at Independence Charter Middle School, Heartland Middle School, and Jarman Middle School. Mr. Keesee graduated with a Master’s of Education and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Oklahoma.
Molly LeRoi, Lower Division Teacher: Molly LeRoi joins the Lower Division as a first grade teacher. Ms. LeRoi graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Central Oklahoma and has taught at the elementary level for more than a decade. Before coming to Casady, Ms. LeRoi taught first grade at Rollins Place Elementary, fifth grade science at Copper Mill Elementary, and second grade at Lakeside Primary School. She has received the Zachary Charity League Art Integration Grant, the Exxon Parental Involvement Grant, the Donors Choose Grant, and Dreams Teacher’s Teacher of the Month award.
Sahira Mussa, Lower Division Teacher: Casady welcomes Sahira Mussa as the Lower Division’s newest second grade teacher. Before joining the LD team, Ms. Mussa taught for Oklahoma City Public Schools, Oklahoma City Community College, Mercy School Institute, Omega Academic Center in Karmiel, Israel, and the Israeli Ministry of Education. Ms. Mussa graduated with her undergraduate degree from University of Haifa in Israel before obtaining a Master’s of Education with Honors in Bilingual Education from University of Central Oklahoma. She is fluent in Arabic and Hebrew.
Grace Patton ’17, Upper Division Economics and Art: Casady alumna Grace Patton ’17 joins the Upper Division to assist with the Economics senior seminar and Art courses. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Oklahoma with a major in Art and an Economic minor. Before coming to Casady, Grace served as an intern for OU’s Student Affairs office and an Investment intern with the University of Oklahoma Foundation.
Ty Prestidge, Head Football Coach: Oklahoma Coaches Hall of Fame Coach Ty Prestidge has joined Cyclone Athletics as head football coach. He brings more than 45 years of Oklahoma coaching experience to the Cyclones, including 26 playoff appearances, four “Player of the year” players, and eight All-State quarterbacks. Ty graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Cameron University.
Alexandra Smith, Lower Division Teacher: Alexandra Smith joins the Lower Division as a first grade teacher. She completed her undergraduate Bachelor of Arts. at Samford University with a major in Elementary Education and her Master’s of Art in Reading Education at Vanderbilt University. Before coming to Casady, Ms. Smith taught as a substitute teacher in grades K-4 at multiple schools around Nashville and as a sixth grade student teacher for Mountain Brook Elementary in Birmingham, Alabama.
Katie Trudgeon, Middle Division History: Middle Division has gained the talents of Katie Trudgeon, who will bring her 14 years of independent school teaching experience to her seventh grade history classroom at Casady. Prior to joining the Casady Community, Mrs. Trudgeon was a social studies teacher and department co-chair in Heritage Hall’s Upper School. Ms. Trudgeon graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Letters from the University of Oklahoma.
Fiona Vincent-Diaz, Middle Division French: Casady selcomes Fiona Vincent-Diaz to teach French in Middle Division. A native of France, she previously worked as a French teacher, assistant librarian, and advisor at Heritage Hall School and as a French instructor at L’Alliance Française d’OKC. Ms. Vincent-Diaz completed her undergraduate Licence en droit and her Master II Contrats Publics et Partenariats at Faculté de Droit de Montpellier in Montpellier, France.
Nicole Walk, Middle Division English: Nicole Walk joins Casady’s Middle Division as an English teacher. A 2013-14 “Teacher of the Year” Nominee, Ms. Walk has classroom experience as a teacher at Hefner Middle School, Del Crest Middle School, Coolidge Elementary School, and Traub Elementary School. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Oklahoma Christian University, and a Master’s of Education from Liberty University in Virginia.
Christina Zesiger ’14, Primary Division PreK Assistant Teacher: Primary Division welcomes Casady alumna Christina Zesiger as a full-time PreK assistant teacher in Silver Area. She was previously a part-time PD teaching assistant working in PreK and Kindergarten classrooms. Ms. Zesiger studied Psychology at Oklahoma State University and the University of Central Oklahoma.
FAMILIAR FACES | NEW PLACES
Versatility and talent are key in Casady School's faculty base. Several members of our community are assuming new roles this year.
Brannan Crossno '12 is teaching a section of freshman English in Upper Division and continues as Casady’s Digital Media Manager. Stacey Deaton is now a first grade teacher in Lower Division. Amanda Kisselle will be teaching Novice Spanish in Upper Division Emily McConnell has moved into a part-time role in Primary Division teaching Kindergarten art and cooking. Patti Morgan is now serving as a Primary Division Kindergarten teacher. Lynn Robertson is serving as a teacher-coach for new language faculty. Danielle Sappington is now teaching fifth and sixth grade computer science in Middle Division. Dr. Jason Scheer is now serving as Associate Head of School. Tai Shriner is now teaching first grade in Lower Division and continues in her Learning Specialist role. Jake Staats has been appointed Assistant Director of Middle Division. Sara Zedlitz is now Director of Middle Division.
Casady School is a PreK-12, independent, college preparatory Episcopal day school committed to deeper-level learning. Casady School welcomes a student body that reflects the diversity of the world around us and therefore does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, nationality, or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletics, and other school-administered programs generally accorded or made available to students at the School.