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Abe Cass

9th Grade

Physical Science


Hello and welcome to North Academy of Arts and Communication (NAAC)! I have been the freshman science teacher here since 2015, cultivating our young scholars interests in topics ranging from physics to chemistry, even sprinkling in a little astronomy and earth science. It is my goal to challenge our students to explore the world and natural phenomena around them in a hands-on, active environment. By developing their scientific literacy, it is my hope to help our scholars reach their full potential in becoming life-long learners and valued community citizens.

A little about myself:

Born in Rochester, but raised in Sioux Falls, SD, I have traveled around quite a bit and tried out a few different paths, from a professional water-skiing career at Sea World to a brief stint in medical school. In 2005, I made Minneapolis my home and worked for 7 years as a pharmaceutical chemist at 3M. During this time, I coached high school lacrosse as well as became a show director/coach of our city’s local amateur water-ski show team, the Twin Cities River Rats, where we perform shows just down the road from NAAC on the Mississippi River. In 2014, I decided to meld my love of science with my passion for working with youth and obtained my Masters of Education from the University of Minnesota and have been teaching at NAAC ever since. When I am not teaching, I love hanging out with family, walking the dog at Minnehaha falls, biking, reading, and anything to do with cooking. I am proud to be on the Polar team and am excited to be working here, seeing our scholars grow and learn.


"I am driven by two main philosophies: Know more today about the world than I knew yesterday, and lessen the suffering of others. You'd be surprised how far that gets you."

- Neil deGrasse Tyson