Cassie Crockett ’06
When did you come to Waterford and why did you choose Waterford as your school?
I came to Waterford in Kindergarten and stayed all the way through 12th grade. My family chose Waterford because my mother had taught there several years before, and she liked the school’s approach to education (especially the arts).
What has been the most meaningful impact that Waterford has had on you?
My friendships, by a mile. Many of my closest friends to this day are the folks that I went to school with, and we’ve got an incredible number of memories together. It’s also been great to have those friends as grounding as we’ve all moved around the country, started families, or done different things than we expected.
Did you have a favorite teacher or more than one? Why?
Mr. Rosett’s AP English class had the best reading list of any class that I’ve ever taken, and he did an amazing job letting his students guide the conversation. I still have my copies of all of the books from that course and have re-read most of them (turns out you can get a lot out of books when you aren’t reading in the hallway just before an assignment is due).
Did Waterford prepare you well for college and life beyond?
Yes, particularly by encouraging me to enjoy learning and feel confident in my ability to do so. College was still a challenging transition, don’t get me wrong, but I felt capable of tackling it. There have also been a lot of smaller lessons that have paid off over the years – how to take a beautiful picture, how to structure the right equation to solve a specific problem, how to use proper grammar when I edited the college paper, and so on.
Where did you go to college?
Yale University (and I’m now back there for law school).
What was your first job after college?
After college, I spent several years working at McKinsey and Company, a global consulting firm. I spent my first few years there working all over the place for a variety of businesses, and during that time did projects on everything from efficient manufacturing to coupon use. After that, I switched over to McKinsey’s Social Sector practice, where I worked with education companies and non-profits to make sure that kids get the education they need to build successful lives. In the long run, I’m planning to stay in the education world in some capacity.
What culminating experience(s) helped you select a career?
There was no one culminating experience. I’d edited the weekly newspaper at Yale, and knew that I got joy from helping others make their work as good as it could be – which, for me, was one of the best parts of doing consulting. I also knew that I was passionate about education, and figured that maybe consulting would allow me to dabble for a few years before settling into a job I’d keep for the long term.
How has your career evolved?
Since I started working in education, I’ve kept involved in that field. After leaving McKinsey, I joined a team at Pearson, the world’s largest learning company, that was working around the business to improve the learning outcomes that our products delivered. It was a fascinating project, since it demanded that a gigantic, for-profit company measure its success not just in terms of financials, but also in terms of how much its products helped people learn. After that role, I headed to law school to learn more about how policy plays into all of this. I’m currently on the Board of Directors of a charter school in New Haven, and co-President of the Project for Law and Education at Yale… but mostly, I’m figuring out what’s next in my career.
Where do you live now?
I live in New Haven most of the year, but have a summer internship is New Orleans from now through August. Then, it’s back to Utah for a few weeks to get married before returning to school.
Did we miss anything?
Cheers to the class of 2006!