Cynthia is completely taken by the power of the student voice; creating authentic opportunities for kids to follow their passions and sharing their thinking with the world. Her teaching career officially began as a primary-grade looping teacher in a small, rural town in New Hampshire— time there shaped and fueled my love of kid-thinking literacy, and equity in classrooms. Even before she arrived in a classroom, she considered myself a seeker of understanding. Her experience as a first-generation college student focused her on developing opportunities for those who are marginalized and have difficulty accessing meaningful learning. This is why the use of technology is especially important to Cynthia who sees it as a way for all students to see the world, know the world, and develop a deeper understanding of their place in the world.
Cynthia’s work toward a Ph.D. in Literacy at the University of New Hampshire deepened her passion for understanding how children learn to read and write, setting her on a path to become a staff developer and speaker. She loves supporting teachers’ literacy work in classrooms and finding ways to use technology to enhance these experiences. Cynthia’s daughter Liv, who has spent the last three years working on a project called LivBits, an endeavor that highlights her passion for books, technology, and social media.
Cynthia loves to travel and see the world, and has had the good fortune to spend time teaching and learning globally, including work on Fulbright in Japan. Her work in other countries has given her a genuine appreciation for differing cultural perspectives on teaching and learning. She knows that collaboration with teachers is key to developing effective and innovative teaching practices, and this perspective has helped me in her coaching work with teachers around global connectedness for students, elevating student voice, and using social media platforms to demonstrate the power of a global audience.