Meet Cassandra Bilyeu IVS Social Studies Teacher

Mrs. Bilyeu teaches History and Civics for IVS
Mrs. Bilyeu teaches History and Civics for IVS

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

Instrument: Clarinet

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.

She was able to study abroad in college at the Université Paul Valéry in Montpellier, France at L’institut d’études Françaises pour étrangers

(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.


Together with her family.
Together with her family.

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.

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