I’m an author, former educator, and sustainability nut living in rural Rhode Island. I have two dogs, eleven chickens, and one goal: to grow my own food and get (mostly) off the grid—while still having high-speed internet. If I were a pioneer, I’d be dead.

I’ve worked in insurance, restaurants, retail, taught martial arts, worked at a famous music library, run the art department at day camp, and supersized fries.  I failed out of music school, fired myself from my own company to teach, then ended up working for a Silicon Valley startup by accident, asking, “Startup what?”  

I’ve written for or been featured in EdTech Digest, Edutopia, EdSurge, US News and World Report Money,  EdTech Review India, ConversationEd, TeachThought, NPR, Edweek, Quartz, and several other places, both in and out of education. I’ve also done some darned good public speaking. 

My books: A Broke Teacher’s Guide to Success: How to Build Your Dreams on Teacher Pay, Don’t Sniff the Glue: A Teacher’s Misadventures in Education Reform, Tiny T-Rex Tries to Annoy Mom, and Paronella Park, (co-authored with legendary cartoonist Sarah Steenland).


These days, I’m writing about vegetables and chickens on Poser Homestead. You can find my original blog at CaféCasey.com, BrokeTeacher.com or find me on Twitter or Instagram.