Graduate & Professional Studies
Master’s Graduate Spotlight: Cassandra Thoopsamoot ’16 M.S. Ed. ’22   Web Director | May 26, 2022

In 2016, Cassandra Thoopsamoot walked across the Thomas College Commencement stage to receive her degree in early childhood education. Six years later, she did it again, receiving her master’s degree in literacy education. 

Cassandra’s relationship started with Thomas College when she transferred in with an associate degree. As a nontraditional student, she was able to receive her degree with honors thanks in part to the support of many professors including Cindy Lepley, Gayla LaBreck, Todd Martin, and Dr. Richard Biffle, who cheered her on along the way.  

Following the completion of her bachelor’s degree, she began teaching in central Maine. While with Lincoln School in Augusta, Maine, she decided to advance her education by once again coming to Thomas to receive her master’s degree.  

Cassandra’s belief in the power of education stems from her dedication to the kids in her life, including her three children, and the many who have come through her classroom. 

“All of my accomplishments were not only to prove to myself that I can persevere but to show my children that they, too, can overcome obstacles and accomplish what they set their minds to,” said Cassandra.  

Cassandra is committed to lifelong learning. Her Thomas College education has equipped her to grow in her teaching abilities. With this degree she hopes to bridge the gap between her students and their confidence in their functional reading abilities. By pursuing her promising future as an educator through Thomas, she is better equipped to help her students do the same.