Cynthia received her bachelor's degree in secondary education in 1979 from Oregon College of Education, now known as Western Oregon University, with a language arts/social studies major and math minor. She spent thirty years as a classroom teacher with the Anchorage School District at the high school and middle school levels teaching math, language arts, and social studies. She was a mentor to teachers in the Anchorage School District for several years before joining the Alaska Statewide Mentor Project in the fall of 2012.
Cynthia has lived in Anchorage for thirty-four years with her husband, Jeff. She has two adult children, Michael and Katrina.
"Working with the Alaska Statewide Mentor Project is an exciting opportunity to help teachers reflect on lessons, examine student data, and delve into the professional teaching standards. I am looking forward to another year of supporting early career teachers as they improve their practice and increase student achievement. I am honored to be part of the Alaska Statewide Mentor Project working toward developing and retaining quality teachers for Alaska's children."