Cassi Clausen

Cassi Clausen

Cassi Clausen is the original founder of The Open School. She has a Bachelors from Westmont College, a Masters of Education from UM St Louis, and a Masters of Arts from University of London, Goldsmith’s College. Cassi taught Spanish and English and coached Mock Trial at a private college prep high school in St Louis from 2002-2005. Cassi also tutored in Spanish and English off and on for about 8 years. All of these educational experiences have led her to dedicate her life to giving a voice to kids and advocating for respectful parenting and education. Her journey specifically began in 2007 when she took a trip to the Summerhill School in England. This trip inspired her to create her own self-directed democratic school. After three years of fundraising, recruitment, and public relations, Cassi sprang The Open School to life in the autumn of 2015 and became the original staff member. In addition to having doubled down and graciously volunteered half of her home to act as a temporary campus during the first year and being an integral part of The Open School’s internal affairs, Cassi often speaks at conferences, college classes, and events (and you can request her to speak at yours). She has also co-written a book on parenting and Self-Directed Education. Cassi holds strong interests in entrepreneurship, public speaking, mock trial/debate, governance, theater, and literature. You can hear her talking about The Open School and our educational model on this podcast from 21 Century Learning

Cassi serves the school in the following roles: staff management and leadership, admissions, on campus staff, community development, fundraising, financial management, and family liaison.