Former students, teachers remember local assistant principal who passed away
The Chickamauga School System is mourning the loss of one of their own.
Casie Cassell passed away from cancer on Friday.
Cassell was loved by many.
Gordon Lee High School seniors Bailey Schreder, Anna Logan and Kirbie Bradley had Cassell as a teacher in first grade.
They say she was a one of kind teacher with the biggest heart.
"I would just tell her how special she was and how much she impacted us,” former student Bailey Schreder said.
"I would tell her that I love her and all that she did for not just us, but all the students she had and how special she really was,” Gordon Lee senior Anna Logan said.
"And thank you for all that she did. Because without her, I don't think I would have been who I am today. She was a great lady. And I don't think there is going to be anyone like her,” Gordon Lee High School senior Kirbie Bradley said.
Cassell’s former students shared some of their fondest memories in the classroom.
"She always loved Halloween, so that was one of our great memories,” Schreder said.
They even shared some of their favorite memories outside of class.
"It was like a daddy-daughter dance. Abby and Cayan would go with their dads to the dance and me and my mom and Casie would go eat while they were at that dance. Us three together,” Logan said.
But Cassell touched more than just her students.
"No matter what she was going through, you never knew it and she only wanted to know about you,” Chickamauga Elementary teacher Carmen Davis said.
They all worked with Cassell for a while and say even during Cassell’s cancer treatments, she would still come to work, even helping them out during their tough days.
"What she would tell me is put on your big girl pants and let’s do it, Sue,” Susan Saine said.
Even years after they left her classroom, Cassell’s former students say they will carry the lessons she taught them forever.
"There is more to us than just being a student in a classroom and she made sure that we knew that,” Bradley said.
A visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Heritage Funeral Home in Fort Oglethorpe.
Her funeral services will be Wednesday.
Chickamauga City Schools is dismissing early to allow teachers to attend.
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