Charley Cass is back on Anchored in Education to talk this time about the value of school social workers and counselors. Charley, a three time podcast guest and I agree that too often social workers and counselors are overlooked for everything they do for students and families. This isn’t intentional, but we must make sure to get better at recognizing the value they bring to a school environment.


Charley Cass

Charley Cass has been a southern Illinoisan his entire life.  After high school he attended SIU-Carbondale.  Since then he has completed multiple graduates degrees, all at SIU-C.  

After college Charley has stayed around southern Illinois working at Mt Vernon Township High School in Mt. Vernon, IL, a high school principal at Elverado High School in Elkville, IL, and is now a middle school principal at Central Junior High in West Frankfort, IL.  Added altogether he has been Anchored in Education for 17 years.

Charley has stayed involved with the Illinois Principals’ Association.  He currently serves as the Region Director for the Egyptian Division.  He is a frequent organizer of EdCamps throughout the region to help provide meaningful professional development to educators at all levels.  He is a frequent presenter with topics covering the impact of poverty in schools, restorative practices, and social media branding.  One of his greatest accomplishments came from his hard work as middle school principal.  In 2016, Charley was named the Illinois Middle School Principal of they Year.

Charley lives in rural West Frankfort with his wife and two children.  His wife is also in the kid business as she is the co-owner of a childcare center with another in progress.  You can find Charley Cass on Twitter: @CharleyCass