MSSWA Friend of School Social Work for 2016:
Brenda Cassellius, Ed.D. Commissioner of Education
Since her appointment as Commissioner of Education in 2010, Dr. Brenda Cassellius has endeavored to enact comprehensive education reform that will benefit every child throughout Minnesota. Her straightforward, community-driven approach toward providing the best education possible has resulted in a remarkable list of accomplishments. Her reputation as an innovative problem solver can be seen within MDE where Dr. Cassellius has worked with employees to examine every aspect of department operations to ensure the state is providing the best service possible for Minnesota families, educators and students. Since 1990, in her career as a paraprofessional, classroom teacher, administrator and superintendent in school systems both in Minnesota and Tennessee, Dr. Brenda Cassellius led reform, redesign and change efforts that put students first, focused on achievement, and have resulted in better outcomes for all students. Dr. Cassellius believes that change can happen quickly if it is purposeful, collaborative, and grounded in effective strategies.
We thank Dr. Cassellius for her recognition of School Social Workers as part of the spectrum of services offered to children and families within the school setting. It is our honor to recognize her as our 2016 Friend of School Social Work recipient.