Meet Mr. Cassidy

Nick Cassidy is in his 5th year as principal of East K-7, where he oversees 700 students and a staff of 75.

“This is a great school because of the great kids and staff,” Cassidy said. “My wife and I are very happy to have become part of this community.”

Cassidy and wife Andrea were raised in Michigan but had both taught in Fulton County (Georgia) Public Schools for several years before becoming parents and deciding to return to Michigan to be closer to their extended family.

The couple has a six-year-old daughter, Joy, and twins, Clark and Mae, born in December 2014. Andrea, an elementary school teacher, is taking a break from her career to care for the babies at home.

Mr. Cassidy earned his bachelor’s degree in elementary education at Saginaw Valley State University and his master’s and specialist’s degrees in education leadership at Georgia State University.

In his free time, Mr. Cassidy is an avid fly fisherman and a long-distance runner.

He said one of the things he likes most about East is the strength it derives from it’s internal “family” structure. Incoming students are assigned to a multi-grade “family” of students that meet periodically. Students remain in the same family throughout their years at East.

“The students who started at East in families as kindergarteners are now seventh graders and leading the meetings,” Cassidy said. “They’ve learned so much, especially about leadership.”