A Timely Conversation with Cassie Holmes - National Council of Teachers of English

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Thursday, October 13, 2022
8:00 p.m. ET

Join NCTE as we welcome author Cassie Holmes for a discussion on time, happiness, and quality of life.  Holmes’s recently released book, Happier Hour, is timely and crucial for our communities and their needs, as educators share the importance of centering happiness this year. 

Holmes was recently featured on CBS Mornings sharing insights on her work, including new research about time and happiness.

Holmes will be interviewed by member-leaders Lisa Scherff and Josh Thompson.

About the Author

Cassie Holmesis a professor at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, where she is an award-winning teacher and researcher. Holmes’s work on the intersection of time and happiness has been widely published in leading academic journals and featured in such outlets as NPR,The Economist,the New York Times,the Wall Street Journal,The Atlantic,the Washington Post, and more.Happier Houris her first book.For personal appearances and more information,visitwww.cassiemholmes.com. 




About the Interviewers


Lisa Scherff began her teaching career in 1996. After earning her PhD, she moved to the college level, working 11 years as a teacher educator at the University of Tennessee, the University of Alabama, and Florida State University. She currently teaches English and AP Research at the Community School of Naples.  

Scherff has served as president of the Alabama Council of Teachers of English, and she has served NCTE as coeditor of English Education, chair of the NCTE Assembly for Research, and chair of ALAN’s Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award Committee. In 2020 she began her role as chair of the Secondary Section Steering Committee. 

Scherff earned a BA in English and a PhD in reading education from Florida State University and an MA in English from the University of Mississippi. She also holds a graduate certificate in education policy from Florida State University. 


Josh Thompson has been in education since 2010. He has been a writing center coach, an instructor of first-year writing, and a high school English teacher. Most recently, he was an English teacher at Blacksburg High School in Virginia, where he taught every level of course from 9th through 12th grade, including collaborative classes and dual enrollment courses. 

He has been a member of NCTE since 2013. He has presented at several Annual Conventions and had articles published in English Journal. He will assume the role of chair-elect of the Secondary Section Steering Committee this November. Thompson is an advocate for state affiliates and a proud member of the Virginia Association of Teachers of English. He has presented at several VATE annual conferences, published in the Virginia English Journal, and served on the editorial board of the Virginia English Journal. 

Thompson earned a bachelor’s degree in English, a master’s in education, and a master’s in English from Virginia Tech. He is currently a student in the English education PhD program at Virginia Tech, where he studies the intersections of teacher education, rural education, and LGBTQ adolescent literacy.