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Elias “Eli” Casaus was born and raised in the small town of Los Lunas, just south of Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is a graduate of Los Lunas High School and attended New Mexico State University where he studied Exercise Science. Eli graduated with a  Bachelor’s Degree from University of New Mexico in Elementary Education and a Master of Education Degree in Education Administration from Grand Canyon University. Currently he is a doctoral student at Grand Canyon University as a candidate studying Organizational Leadership, K-12 Education. 


Since 2008, Eli has taught Physical Education and General Education in grades 4 through 8 in the states of New Mexico and Arizona as well as served as an elementary principal in Las Cruces and Albuquerque, New Mexico. Currently, Eli is a full time Professional Development Specialist with Curriculum Associates. In addition to his teaching and leadership work, Mr. Casaus also has a passion for being an education innovator.


On a personal note, Eli met his wife Brandi through the former weekly #KidsDeserveIt Twitter chat. The two married in October 2021. Eli spends a lot of time traveling and is a fitness and sports enthusiast. His interests outside of the gym, sports and travel include Disney, television binge watching, sleeping, and spending as much time with his family and friends as possible. 

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November 2018-Present

Grand Canyon University

Doctoral Student, Organizational Leadership, K-12 Education

April 2015-November 2016

Grand Canyon University

Master of Education Degree, Education Administration



University of New Mexico

Bachelor of Science Degree, Elementary Education

Affiliations: National Society of Collegiate Honors Society, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Fraternity, Kappa Sigma Fraternity



New Mexico State University

Exercise Science/Elementary Education

Affiliations: College of Education Council, Resident Life, Athletics

Noteable Professional Development Certifications:​ 

  • AddVantage Math (March 2016)

  • AIM4S3 Framework by Dual Language N.M.

  • AVID Elementary Leadership 

  • Certified Kagan Coach (February 2020)

  • Certified Kagan Cooperative Learning Site Trainer (July 2021)

  • CharacterStrong

  • Principals Pursuing Excellence - NMTHRIVE

  • Restorative Practices

  • SIOP 

  • Spalding

Kagan Certifications:

  • Kagan Cooperative Learning Certificates:

  • Brain-Friendly Teaching Level I

  • Kagan Coaching

  • Kagan Cooperative Learning Trainer Institute

  • Kagan Cooperative Learning & Mathematics

  • Kagan Cooperative Learning & Writing

  • Kagan Cooperative Learning Days 1-5

  • Kagan Instructional Leadership Academy

  • Kagan Team & Class Building

  • Kagan Win-Win, Discipline



Curriculum Associates

Professional Development Specialist

Past Experience:

Marie Hughes Elementary School, Albuquerque Public Schools



Monte Vista Elementary School, Las Cruces Public Schools


Navajo Elementary School, Albuquerque Public Schools


Rudolfo Anaya Elementary School, Albuquerque Public Schools

K-3+ Principal

Rudolfo Anaya Elementary School, Albuquerque Public Schools

Teacher Leader​

Administration Intern

5th Grade Teacher

Wherry Elementary School, Albuquerque Public Schools

5th Grade Teacher

Bernalillo Elementary School, Bernalillo Public Schools

4th Grade Teacher

Student Council Sponsor, After School Program Health & Fitness Coach

Rogers Ranch School, Laveen Elementary School District No. 59

7th-8th Grade Teacher/Grade Level Team Lead/Athletic Director

St. Mary's Catholic School

PE Teacher/Athletic Director

Desert View Elementary School, Los Lunas Public Schools

1st/4th/6th Grade​