Master's of Art in Autism Spectrum Disorders, West Virginia University
Master's of Art in Literacy Instruction. Special Education, Reading Specialist, Social Studies, West Virginia University
Mr. Shickely has been teaching at CASA for 3 years. He is originally from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. His family includes his wife, Jenny; and daughters, Bethany, Abby, and Emily. In his free time, Mr. Shickley loves to play video games, participate in Scouts BSA as a Leader, saltwater fishing, paddle sports, whitewater rafting, and backpacking.
What brought you to CASA?
I believe that the arts are a critical part of education. The skills learned by being creative, and collaborative go way beyond the confines of what is painted, or the lines you recite in theater.
Where did you work and what was your role prior to coming to CASA?
I was a Special Education case manager for the CAIU. I worked at the Diakon Center Point Day Treatment program. I taught literacy, social skills, and social studies.
What is your favorite part of working at CASA?
The energy of our students.
What is your connection to the arts? How are you an artist?
It sounds silly, but in an old school they had a question, "If you could be any actor who would you be and why?" I always answered with Hugh Jackman, so I could be Wolverine, and Jean Valjean. I have always loved the arts, and my one big regret from my high school years, was not getting involved with the plays, and musicals. I learned guitar at 30, and love to play (although badly).
What do you feel is your impact on our school community, students, and culture?
I hope to show that there can be a balance in the world. That I can easily talk about sports, but also love the arts. I love building relationships with students. I hope that at the end of the students' time at CASA, I am seen as someone that helped them find success, when sometimes that feeling didn't come easily.
What advice do you have for our students?
Challenge yourself. In your arts, you challenge yourself for growth, bring that same passion to the classroom, even when it's hard.
Do you advise any clubs at CASA?
Fun facts about Mr. Shickley:
I love to catch, and quickly release sharks from the beach. Even though I have 3 daughters, we are involved in Scouts BSA, and I am and Assistant Scoutmaster of an all female troop.