Terry R. Cassreino is in his third year as communications director and eighth year as a high teacher at St. Joseph Catholic School in Madison, Miss., just north of Jackson. The school provides a rigorous college prep curriculum grounded in the teachings of the Catholic faith. St. Joseph is the only Catholic middle and high school serving metropolitan Jackson.
Before becoming an educator, Cassreino spent 25 years as a journalist, working as a reporter, editor and syndicated columnist at The Sun Herald in Biloxi-Gulfport, The Madison County Journal, The Meridian Star and the Hattiesburg American. He spent another six years as a communications director and media relations consultant with his own company, Cassreino Consulting LLC.
Cassreino entered education in 2011 at St. Joseph Catholic School, first teaching eighth grade English and then rebuilding the school’s journalism program. Cassreino’s journalism students publish an award-winning newspaper and yearbook; produce live streaming and live radio sports programming; and produce an award-winning, weekly newscast.
Cassreino is a two-time runner-up for the Dow Jones News Fund National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year. He also is a four-time Mississippi Scholastic Press Association high school journalism adviser of the year. Cassreino is licensed by the state of Mississippi to teach high school English and journalism. He is a certified journalism educator through the Journalism Education Association at Kansas State University.
Cassreino earned his teaching license in 2011 through Teach Mississippi Institute at the University of Mississippi, the alternate-route teacher certification program for professionals. He earned bachelor’s degrees in journalism and radio and television production in 1985 from the University of Mississippi. More recently, he earned a master’s of science degree in educational leadership with an emphasis in Catholic education in 2017 from the University of Dayton.
Cassreino and his wife, Pam, and their children, Camryn, 14, and Matthew, 11, live in Madison County.