Hi, I’m Cassandra Root

I’m Cassie – an emotionally intelligent Instructional Designer, Talent Development practitioner, and lifelong learner. I leverage my analytical & creative skills to support skill & knowledge development, manage change, influence culture, & add value to the teams I serve through adult learning. I innovate & trailblaze alongside a talented team to spearhead learning solutions which advance business goals. I love Talent Development because I understand that not only do we all need to learn, but we want to learn. We all want to feel confident and empowered to fulfill our role successfully. As a Talent Development professional, I get to provide that value for people. This is the coolest career I could have dreamed up; I feel so grateful to be a part of this world!

When I’m not creating corporate learning materials, I can be found spending time with my wonderful husband and our beautiful son. When I get true *alone* time it is often spent sipping coffee, reading books about learning & development, walking outdoors, drawing with oil pastels, or binging The Office on a rainy day.

Let’s connect! Please find my contact information at the bottom of this page. 


TeamHealth | 03.2021 - Present | Instructional Designer | Program Manager, Virtual Train-the Trainer

DesignxHumanity | 06.2020 - 06.2021 | Instructional Designer| Diveristy, Equity, and Inclusion Consultant

John Adams Elementary School, Alexandria City Public Schools | 08.2019 - 07.2020 | Classroom and Summer School Teacher

Kahalu'u Elementary, Hawaii State Public Schools | 01.2019 - 06.2019 | Student Teacher

Huakailani School for Girls | 08.2018 - 12.2018 | Education Intern

Johnson County Public Library | 07.2016 - 07.2017 | Front Desk Library Clerk

Kentucky Christian University Young Library | 08.2015 - 05.2016 | Academic Library Assistant

The Value of My Education and training

 My M.Ed. in Instructional Design taught me how to ask well-formed questions, perform in-depth analysis, conduct thorough research, and complete detailed evaluation regarding the work of myself and others. Instructional Design and eLearning development are inherently iterative processes. My time in IDOL (Instructional Design and Online Learning) Courses Academy has allowed me to commit myself to deliberate practice while receiving peer feedback. This has helped me to refine my process of learning material production from start to finish.



    Why i became an instructional designer

    I started my career in an academic library. This position accidentally fell in my lap via a work study program. It was there, in the corridors of the library where I helped learners find the materials to help them meet their goals and trained other students in research and clerical skills, where I found my love for the field of learning.

    From there, I moved into a full time position in a public library while I studied education. In that role, I was fortunate enough to spread my learning material curation skills with the whole community. Our library offered a vast array of free programs for members of our community to learn new skills. I was involved in the curation and sometimes even creation of materials for these learning events. I greatly enjoyed opportunities to present and provide training for my colleagues.

    Eventually, I moved into internships and practicum experiences and ultimately instructor roles in schools. From KY to HI to VA, I traveled the U.S from learning institution to learning institution. Something about my career felt off to me, from the beginning. I knew I loved learning and I knew I loved helping others learn new things. I didn’t, however, love classroom teaching or classroom management. As I grew older and learned more about myself, I also knew I desired career growth opportunities. I took an inventory of my skills and talents and decided something in learning outside of the classroom was right for me. I discovered an M.Ed. in Instructional Design through my alma mater and decided to enroll. 

    When the pandemic began and school transitioned to an online learning experience, this was further solidified for me. I realized that the teachers around me were missing the classroom (because that was their calling!), but I was in my zone (because eLearning and instructional design was mine!).

    I began to research and read about career transitions in this field of instructional design and realized I could move into a corporate role that would focus on the creation of learning materials. I discovered this magical world of corporate instructional design I never knew existed. I’ll never forget the moment I realized this thing that I had always been so passionate about was a career that I could have! A fire was lit inside of me that day and I began pursuing a career transformation. 

    When I moved into my corporate role, I learned so much more about Talent Development and I developed a real passion for the rest of the profession, not just the instructional design component. I’ve developed my capabilities greatly over the past year and look forward to continuing to do so. 

    Degrees and Certifications
    Formal education, state/national certificates, and awards.

    M.Ed. Instructional Design

    Western Governors University | Anticipated 06.2021


    B.A. Interdisciplinary studies k-8

    Western Governors University | 07.2019


    A.A. General Education - Humanities

    Kentucky Community and Technical College System | 05.2017


    elearning development training

    IDOL (Instructional Design and Online Learning) Courses Academy | 06.2020 – Present

    State Licensing

    Virginia Teaching License
    Pre-K – 6 General Education, Multiple Subjects

    Hawaii State Teaching License
    K – 6 General Education, Multiple Subjects

    other certifications of professional development

    Storytelling for Learning Designers

    How People Learn II Book Study (children and adults)

    WeVideo Training (software training) 

    Google Classroom Training (LMS Training)

    Canvas Training (LMS Training)

    Distance Learning: Zoom Training (children and adults)

    Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) 120 hours Graduate Certificate (children and adults)

    Dyslexia Training – Children and Adults (cert)

    Teaching and Learning in the Kinesthetic Environment Training (children and adults)

    Teaching Children Who Hurt: Trauma-informed and Mindfulness Teaching Practices Training and Book Study (plus methodologies that apply to adult learners)

    Building Equity in the School and Classroom Training and Book Study (plus methodologies that apply to adult environments)

    Project GLAD (Guided Language Acquisition and Design) Training for English Language Learners – how to design effective learning materials for non-English speakers

    John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts CETA (Continuing Education Through the Arts) Training including Opera; Reading Art Across the Curriculum: Observe, Infer, Inquire; Laying a Foundation: Defining Arts Integration; Observational Drawing and the Science Notebook; Documenting the Power of Learning Through the Arts (cert)

    ExploreLearning Gizmos (Online science and math lab modules) Teaching with Inquiry Training (children and adults)

    Buddie Ford Hands-on Nature Instruction Training 

    4-H Embryology Education Training

    Child Abuse and Neglect Awareness and Reporting Training (cert)

    First Aid/CPR/AED-Hands-on: Infant through Adult (cert)

    ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) Active Shooter (cert)

    Awards and Accolades

    Western Governors University Excellence Awards:

    – Classroom Management, Engagement, and Motivation | 03.2018

    – Language Arts Instruction and Intervention | 04.2018

    – Children’s Literature | 08.2018

    – Pre-clinical Experiences in Education | 09.2018

    – Instructional Design Analysis | 07.2020

    John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts CETA (Continuing Education Through the Arts) Certificate of Study for Outstanding Course Design and Documentation of Student Learning | 02.2019

    Passed Exams:

    – Pearson edTPA in Elementary Literacy National

    – Praxis 5001

    – Praxis 5712

    – Praxis 5722

    – Praxis 5732