Cassandra Bilyeu is a member of the Social Studies Department. She has worked for the Minnesota Historical Society at the Oliver Kelley Farm as an historical interpreter. By working there, she did everything at late 1800’s person would do so she is ready for the zombie apocalypse; she can:
- make pickles, sauerkraut*
- capture wild yeast from the air for making bread
- make ketchups and relishes for masking the taste of old, rancid meat
- cook on a wood-burning stove
- plant, cultivate, and save seeds
- slaughter animals
- make salt pork
- sew, crochet, knit
- make soap
- clean clothes with a washboard
Major Procrastination: Reddit
Current Project: felt stockings for family members
Current Obsession: Marvel universe
Loves: Discussions and arguments, designing curriculum
Dislikes: Being wrong, but will admit it openly
Learning: Working on a masters in Instructional Design & Technology from Western Illinois University
Travels: Going to France with students summer 2016
Family: Davis (4), Adelaide (1), husband Jordan
Besides working for Illinois Virtual School, Cassandra is also a French teacher at Pekin Community High School in Pekin, IL. She teaches first through fourth year level students. She loves the challenge of finding authentic resources to help students talk and write about their world, find out new information about the francophone culture, and help students become life-long learners.
(IEFE). She was the only American in her classes of other non-native French speakers and was able to meet people from China, Japan, Hungary, Sweden, Spain, Columbia, Tunisia and Morrocco. “It was incredible to have discussions in another language and learn about each other’s cultures. I also got to help them understand the real America better than what they’ve seen in TV and movies,” she stated.
You can follow her on twitter @cassandrabilyeu or #IVSAmerHist for tweets about what happened on this day in history, interesting historical pictures, and statistics relating to historical data. You can follow #IVSCivics for tweets relating to all things civics, including data, political questions, and historical parallels to current events.