Living Curriculum: Dr. Cassandra Siler
The Cambridge School never tires of celebrating its impressive faculty! We are often amazed at not only the specialized expertise our teachers bring to the students, but their faith and character that are infused into all they do in the classroom. It is why we lovingly refer to our teachers as the “Living Curriculum” at Cambridge. Meet a new addition to our Upper School, Dr. Cassandra Siler.
Dr. Cassandra Siler is new to The Cambridge school, and she is teaching 8th grade Physical Science and 10th grade Chemistry. After growing up in Colorado, Cassandra moved out east and received bachelors’ degrees in both Chemistry (BS) and Biblical Studies (BA) from Gordon College, MA. She then earned her PhD in Engineering Sciences from Harvard University in June of 2014.
Her doctoral work focused on designing novel chemical reactions on silver and gold surfaces, with a focus on energy and waste reduction for chemical synthesis. She is passionate about the environment and about using science as a way to both understand and take care of the world around us, as well as engaging her faith in her pursuit of scientific knowledge. Last year, Cassandra taught the freshman general chemistry sequence as an Assistant Professor at Seattle Pacific University. Her husband, Nick Siler, finished his PhD in Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington this summer, and they are excited to be starting a new adventure in San Diego with their two-year-old son. In her free time, the Cassandra enjoys hiking, singing, skiing and spending time with her family.