Cassandra Clark – Students Success Coordinator
Cassandra Clark graduated from The University of Central Oklahoma with an M.ED in Educational Leadership, an M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language, and a Bachelors in French. Her post-secondary studies were enriched by studying abroad in Amiens, France at the Universitie de Picardie Jules Verne.
She started her career teaching French at Rosary Catholic School and 2nd grade French immersion at Reagan Elementary. She moved from elementary to secondary when she began teaching English Language Development (ELD) classes and served as ELD Coordinator and Department Chair.
Since 2017, Mrs. Clark has been an Assistant Principal at Northwest Classen High School in Oklahoma City, OK. In her role as administrator, she helped launch the PBIS framework, leading a staff and student climate committee which works together to create a better school culture through collaborative problem-solving.
Mrs. Clark also has experience writing curriculum for various topics including English as a second language (ESL) and social-emotional learning (SEL). She piloted a Social Media Intern program at her current school that gives students the ability to create content for the school’s social media sites and learn about responsible digital citizenship while serving as the collective voice of the school.
She has been an executive board member of the Oklahoma Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (OASCD)since 2017. She married her husband, Jonathan in 2018 and they welcomed their son, James in June of 2021.
In her new role as the Student Success Coordinator, Mrs. Clark is looking forward to learning everything there is to know about MET. She hopes to build strong relationships with staff, students, parents, and the community.
A few of the goals she hopes to accomplish with her team at MET are:
- To work collaboratively with all aforementioned stakeholders to identify needs in structural supports and school-wide processes
- Help foster a school culture of mutual respect that supports learning at the highest level
- Help prepare students for wherever their path leads them after graduation and graduate students with a multitude of offers or acceptance letters from universities, jobs, or internship opportunities
Nina Zaky – Instructional Coach
Ms. Nina Zaki and is extremely excited to be a part of the MET team. She comes to you with over 22 years of experience from the US, Dubai and Cairo. With a BA and MA in Education from The College of New Jersey, coupled with Tennessee state credentials and QTS status in the UK, Ms. Nina aims to provide our students with a high-quality education.
Teaching begins first and foremost with an effective teacher in every classroom. To ensure all classrooms have a quality educator, Ms. Nina works closely with teachers to improve the way students learn. As an Instructional Coach she brings evidence-based practices into classrooms by working with teachers and other school leaders. It is ongoing, job-embedded, and is aligned to curriculum and assessment. Its goal is twofold: improve teaching practice and improve student learning.
To improve teaching and learning further, we aim to individualize and target instruction through the RTI (Response to Intervention) model. RTI identifies students’ learning gaps and struggles so that educators can intervene with specialized instruction to improve academic achievement. RTI, when implemented with fidelity, improves instructional quality, and increases students’ chance of school success. RTI identifies struggling learners and uses targeted teaching to improve skills. A big part of RTI is measuring students’ skills using a scientifically based assessment and making data-based decisions to improve student learning.
With this instructional framework designed to empower teachers, increase teacher professional capacity, and individualize learning, we expect a lasting impact on students, classrooms, schools, and communities.