Sheila L. Cassidy, M.Ed.

Founder and Executive Director 


Sheila L. Cassidy, the founder of Wexford Institute, has dedicated her professional life to promoting education with a focus on historically underserved populations, particularly English language learners, students living in low-income communities, and students with special needs. With over 30 years of experience as an educator, researcher, evaluator, and developer, she is an expert in multiple areas including program development and implementation, research and evaluation, technology integration, curriculum building, and instructional practices. Her practical and ethical leadership yields synergetic discussions and thoughtful solutions to complicated issues.


Committed to fortifying equity and excellence in education, Ms. Cassidy tenaciously supports students and educators. As a former teacher for school districts in the cities of Philadelphia (PA) and Compton (CA), an administrator of bilingual programs in Lawndale (CA), creator of online and distance learning courses, and co-director of a U.S. Department of Education project, Ms. Cassidy knows first hand the rewards and challenges accompanying the educational field. Throughout her career, she has developed a skillful and blended approach to improve upon existing organizational systems and capital by reinforcing elements and practices that generate results, while proactively working to improve those that do not.


Ms. Cassidy earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and History from the University of Southern California, and a Master's Degree in Education and Mathematics from Temple University in Philadelphia.  She completed her doctoral coursework in Curriculum Change and Evaluation at University of Southern California. She has lifetime credentials in mathematics, history, and administrative services. She has authored and co-authored numerous educational resources and articles about technology and instruction for English language Learners.  Most recently, Ms. Cassidy served as a member of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library President's Leadership Council.