Around the Hamptons: Easthampton resident named director of education at Warrior-Scholar Project


Staff Writer
Published: 2/13/2022 12:48:43 PM
Modified: 2/13/2022 12:46:49 PM

EASTHAMPTON — City resident Cassie Sanchez has been named the director of education of the Warrior-Scholar Project, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that helps enlisted veterans as they prepare for reintroduction to academic life.

“We are beyond fortunate that Cassie has joined our team,” said Ryan Pavel, CEO of Warrior-Scholar Project, in a statement. “Her thorough understanding of the support structure students need to succeed in rigorous college classrooms combined with her depth of teaching experience and knowledge of the unique challenges faced by military veterans make her the ideal candidate for this role.”

“She will elevate WSP’s curriculum and programming to the next level,” he added.

Sanchez earned her doctorate in education policy, research, and administration from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she also went on to serve the university as an assistant editor and research assistant.

She then worked for 10 years as a senior writing associate at Amherst College, which is where she first got involved with the nonprofit in 2017 as a writing instructor for the program. In 2020, Sanchez deepened her involvement with the organization when she joined the nonprofit’s Academic Advisory team. Throughout her career, she has conducted various research projects focused on higher education access and academic support for students from underrepresented groups and nontraditional backgrounds.

“One of the things I love about higher ed is being in a room of smart people doing great work — and that’s exactly what Warrior-Scholar Project is,” Sanchez said. “My role at WSP will go beyond teaching to examine our educational objectives and how we get there. I love that kind of big-picture thinking and am looking forward to enhancing the support we offer veterans on both their educational and career journeys.”

Sanchez’s passion for helping students access higher education comes in part from her experience as a low-income student. She is also a military spouse and has an intimate understanding of the challenges veterans face when transitioning from the military to civilian life.

Municipal broadband moves forward

Over the next several weeks, Easthampton residents will see field engineers gathering mapping information and existing utility distribution networks for engineering and design planning of municipal internet systems. The data collected is critical for financial planning in preparing for Easthampton to compete for broadband funding opportunities, according to Mayor Nicole LaChapelle, who credited community volunteers and an ad hoc Telecommunications Committee for helping with the planning.

Knowing reliable and affordable high-speed internet is a modern-day necessity, LaChapelle said the city prioritized the creation of a municipal light plant, which is a city-owned entity empowered under state law to provide utilities such as the internet to homes and businesses.

The pandemic showed that access to quality internet services was sorely lacking in the city. Pre-K to high school students, access to telehealth, and the ability to work remotely compounded lost opportunities in education, medical treatment and economic stability.

Nomination papers available

Town residents interested in serving on an elected board or committee in Southampton can pick up nomination papers in the town clerk’s office.

Interested candidates can also get their name on the ballot by being nominated at the annual Town Caucus, which will be held on Tuesday, April 5.

There are a number of seats available as volunteer elected officials, including a one-year term as moderator; a three-year term on the Selectboard; a four-year term as an almoner; a three-year term as an assessor; a three-year term on the Board of Health; a three-year term as a cemetery commissioner; three Finance Committee seats: a one-year term, a two-year term and a three-year term; two Housing Authority seats, both five-year terms; two Park Commission seats, both five-year terms; six library trustees seats, all three-year terms; three Personnel Policy & Procedure Board seats, all three-year terms; a five-year term on the Planning Board; two School Committee seats at Hampshire Regional High School: a three-year term and a two-year term, and a School Committee seat at William E. Norris School for a two-year term; a one-year term as tree warden; and one, three-year term as water commissioner.

For more information, contact the Town Clerk’s office at 413-527-8392.

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