Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator
Cassandra Cowdrey is the Berkeley County School District's Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator. As a classroom teacher, she taught students in all grades, K-12. She has taught High School Band as a Director and Assistant Director, Elementary General Music, Elementary Choir and 3rd-8th grade STEP and choir.
Mrs. Cowdrey has been one of the Lead STEP and Elementary Music teachers over the last two years. She has served as a school-level mentor and district evaluator. She is a member of multiple education organizations including the National Association for Music Education, the American Orff-Schulwerk Association, the Organization of American Kodaly Educators and the Palmetto State Teachers Association.
Not only does Mrs. Cowdrey love the arts, but when she was in the classroom she made sure to integrate the core subjects within her curriculum and get certified in Gifted and Talented to meet the needs of all students. She wrote grants within her classroom over the last 5 years providing the students with class sets of ukuleles, pianos, African drums, and Drums Alive fitness drums. She believes every student has a chance to be musical or artistic and should be given the opportunity to do so!
Mrs. Cowdrey was named Teacher of the Year at Berkeley Intermediate School in 2018 and was also named one of the 8 Semi-Finalists for District Teacher of the Year. She holds a Master’s Degree in Elementary Educational Administration from University of South Carolina and a Bachelor’s Degree in K-12 Music Education from Westfield State University.