Cassreino heads St. Joe's award-winning journalism program
Terry R. Cassreino is an award-winning 10th Grade English and high school journalism teacher who also serves as communications director for St. Joseph Catholic School.
Education is a second career for Cassreino, who spent more than 25 years as an award-winning journalist, political columnist and investigative reporter for several Mississippi newspapers and owner of his own media consulting company Cassreino Consulting LLC.
Before teaching, Cassreino served as Capitol Bureau Chief for 13 years at The Sun Herald in Gulfport, managing editor for eight months at The Madison County Journal, assistant managing editor for four years at The Meridian Star and assistant managing editor for 15 months at the Hattiesburg American.
Cassreino, 61, enrolled in Teach Mississippi Institute in 2010 – the two-year teacher certification program for professionals offered through the University of Mississippi. Cassreino received his teaching certificate from the Mississippi Department of Education in 2011 and began teaching English 8 that fall.
Beginning in August 2012, Cassreino began re-building St. Joseph Catholic School’s high school journalism program, quickly turning it into the state’s premier high school student media program. His students manage and edit an online student newspaper, The Bear Facts; edit and produce the school yearbook, The Shield; produce and staff a weekly video newscast Bruin News Now; and produce live sports coverage and a weekly radio show “The Bruin Buzz Live” on WJXC-LP Jackson, Mississippi Catholic Radio, 107.9. “The Bruin Buzz Live” also is available as a podcast on most podcast platforms.
WJXC’s studio is in Cassreino’s classroom. His journalism students produce the only local programming for the station that otherwise airs EWTN radio programming seven days a week 24 hours a day.
Before converting to a 100 percent digital online platform, The Bear Facts was named one of the nation’s top 50 high school newspapers by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association in New York City. The Mississippi Scholastic Press Association has named Bruin News Now Mississippi’s top high school newscast in 2017 and 2018 as well as a finalist for the award in 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022.
Cassreino's students have twice been named Mississippi's High School Journalist of the Year. His students also have received the prestigious Orley Hood Award for Excellence in High School Journalism (named after longtime popular Clarion-Ledger sports writer and columnist Orley Hood) six of the nine times the honor has been awarded. Some of his students have gone on to study accounting, political science, business and journalism in college. Students who have studied journalism have interned with ESPN and CBS News "60 Minutes."
The Journalism Education Association at the University of Kansas named Cassreino a Distinguished Broadcast Adviser -- one of the nation's top broadcast journalism advisers for 2022 and a runner-up to the national adviser of the year award. The JEA also named Cassreino a Special Recognition Broadcast Adviser in 2020.
Besides that, Cassreino is a two-time runner-up for the Dow Jones News Fund National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year. And he is a four-time Mississippi Scholastic Press Association high school journalism adviser of the year and a finalist the past five years. Cassreino is licensed by the Mississippi Department of Education and the Midsouth Association of Independent Schools to teach high school English and journalism. He is a JEA-certified journalism educator.
Cassreino, a New Orleans native, is a 1979 graduate of Jesuit High School in New Orleans. He earned bachelor’s degrees in Journalism and in Radio & TV in May 1985 from the University of Mississippi. He earned a master’s degree in Educational Leadership (with a Catholic education emphasis) in 2017 from the University of Dayton.
Cassreino is married to the former Pamela Vance of Madison, who also teaches at St. Joseph Catholic School. They have two children, Camryn, a senior at St. Joe, and Matthew, a freshman at St. Joe. The Cassreinos attend St. Joseph Catholic Church in Gluckstadt.