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Ms. Smith's Bio:

Cindy Smith has been a classroom teacher for 26 years and coaching dance teams (including two state champions and one national championship team) for 30.  She has a BA in Business with minor equivalents in Dance & Mathematics from California State University, Fullerton and has a MA in Computer Applications for Educators from United States International University.  She has taught at the middle school, high school and collegiate levels, courses in all levels of dance, mathematics and computer applications.  She was a former professional dancer at Disneyland and an NBA Clipper Spirit Dance Team member.  She has also owned two small businesses.  A dance studio in Platteveille, WI and a retail athletic store in Sandpoint, ID.  She has been a regional and national dance judge all over the US and was the former dance program director for the United Spirit Association.  She was named Idaho coach of the year in 2006. 

Philosophy:  To teach from the heart with a strong arm. To show students who thought they can’t they can.  To teach character, integrity, responsibility and hard work first, and the skills second.  With the first, the second will always come out stronger.  To provide a safe, fun and loving teaching environment where students have the freedom to explore learning yet always know the responsibility falls upon them to take what is taught, use it and succeed.  Raise your expectations and students will reach them. 

Definition of Success:  When one doesn’t settle for who he is, but through hard work, dedication and discipline, becomes all they can be. 

Favorite teaching quote:

"If we teach students how to learn, what to learn becomes inconsequential"  Suzanne Salapa

Ms. Cindy Smith
Teacher, HS Math

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