Nancy Cassano

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"I'm getting better with logorhythms." 

Algebra 2. Pre-calculus. Chemistry. Physics. Not your typical volunteering subjects. But for Nancy Cassano, these subjects are part of a typical day of volunteering. While many are content to spend their retirement years with leisurely activities, Nancy takes a different approach. During the school year, she spends forty hours each week tutoring students at Monticello High School. She shows up at 7:00am and on many days stays until after 4:00pm. Education is in Nancy's blood. 

More than 30 years ago, she helped start the Community Education program in Monticello. She serves on the program's Advisory Board. What's more, Nancy also works with the English as a Second Language program. Before she started tutoring, she spent several years on the school board. Nancy believes the attention given to students now will stick with them for the rest of their lives. "I see them grow a lot and they take more responsibility in all their classes." 

Nancy says her tutoring helps her continue learning. If she's not an expert on the subject matter, she'll sit in on the class until she understands the materials. She'll also meet with students on weekends if necessary. She connects with the parents as well as the students she tutors. Teachers in Monticello call her a saint walking on this earth. 

As for summer break, Nancy says you can forget it. For the past few years, she's worked for room and board at some of the finest national parks --- Yellowstone, Denali, and Waterston Glacier to name a few. "What I'm doing isn't really work because I enjoy it."

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