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Elementary School Teacher Librarian

Winston-Salem, NC
50,000 to 70,000
March 13, 2018

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Cynthia L. Needham

**** ********* ***** *******-*****, North Carolina 27103

315-***-**** – Mobile

Library Administrator / Assistant ... Language Arts Teacher – K-5 Reading Specialist – K-5 ... Site Director for After School Program Elementary School Administrator

Advocate for:

Administrators who exemplify a growth mindset – who strive for high quality, trusting relationships and who have the courage to learn and change.

Learning, developing and applying instructional strategies and interventions enriching and empowering diverse populations of children and adults.

Creating learning environments for students while welcoming to parents and families, is intellectually stimulating and safe for all.

Commitment to educate and empower students and staff in a creative and nurturing manner.

Fostering and mentoring practitioners, facilitators and co-learners in supporting children where they LOVE to learn.

Unique opportunities to inspire, coach, engage and model-the-way for our learning communities.

Exceptional educators embracing innovative techniques to inspire students to think and respond more critically and creatively.

Belief that teacher leaders are visionaries with abilities to nourish the spirit of their students.

Promoting sense of community, family, working together to define what it means to be “ALL IN.”

Celebrating exemplary teamwork and academic performance and valuing children for their gifts. EDUCATION

Syracuse University ~ Syracuse, NY

Master’s Degree in Information Science – Field of Study: School Media Librarianship Graduated with Honors

Cleveland State University ~ Cleveland, OH

B.A. Degree in Health Education and Promotional Communication Cuyahoga Community College ~ Cleveland, OH

Associate Degree in Health Education – Certified Wellness Instructor CONTINUING EDUCATION / PROFESSIONAL STUDY

edCamp 336 LEGO Education Story Starter Training

Media Matters: March into DTL Training Sherwood Forest Early Release Days Media Matters: Media Coordinators DTL Playground NCSLMA 2016 Media Matters: Media DTL Training Media Matters: ELEM Media Programs – 21st Century Learning for the Classroom – Destiny- Evolution or Revolution? Digital-eBooks – Oh, My! Media Matters – Media Tech Updates Cynthia L. Needham Page 2

CONTINUING EDUCATION / PROFESSIONAL STUDY (continued) Sherwood Forest Destiny-Digital-eBooks Sherwood Elementary’s Introduction to Sherwood Seven Keys to Comprehension Teaching Limited English Using Literature Circles in your Classroom Proficient Students NC School Library Media Association Annual Media Matters: Media Centers – Where Learning Conference – Empowering Our Students and Information Meet (Elementary) Literacy for All Collaborative Learning Conference – 2015 PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2010 to 2015 WINSTON / FORSYTH COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT ~ Winston-Salem, NC Media Coordinator – Sherwood Forest Elementary School (2015 to Present) Media Coordinator – Griffith Elementary School (2010 to 2015) 2003 to 2010 SYRACUSE CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT ~ Syracuse, NY School Media Specialist – Dr. Edwin E. Weeks Elementary School 2001 to 2003 SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY – E. S. BIRD LIBRARY ~ Syracuse, NY Reference Librarian Assistant (While in School)

1997 to 2001 CLEVELAND PUBLIC LIBRARY – SOUTH BROOKLYN BRANCH ~ Cleveland, OH Children’s Librarian Assistant

1996 to 1998 CLEVELAND PUBLIC SCHOOLS – TREMONT E. SCHOOL ~ Cleveland, OH Teacher – English Language Arts

1987 to 1997 THE METROHEALTH SYSTEM ~ Cleveland, OH Health Education & Marketing Coordinator


Core Values Summit: Celebrating Our Visionary Work – Deepening Our Understanding of Core Values

– Creating Core Belief Statements that Embody Our Work – 2017.

Sherwood Academy Awards: The Energizer Bunny Award for Having Endless Energy.

Sherwood Academy Awards: The Party Train Award for Being So Optimistic and Leading the Way!

Living Our Core Values! Exemplary Demonstration of Student Centeredness.

LEGO Education – We Do: LEGO Story Starter Training

Full acceptance into Gardner-Webb University’s Add-on Licensure Program for School Administration

– Start date August 2014.

Initiated into the International Society for Key Women Educators Delta Kappa Gamma – April 2014.

Awarded the 2014 North Carolina School Media Coordinator of the Year.

Griffith E. School 2013 Teacher of the Year.

Presented at NCASA’s Visionary Leadership Conference in Raleigh, NC – March 2014.

Presented at WSFCS STAR3 Teacher Leadership Conference at Graylyn Conference Center in Winston- Salem, NC – February 2014.

Authorized field test participant in the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

Completed 2013 / 2014 WSFCS EXPLORERS Leadership Development Program.

Member, Griffith Elementary School Leadership Team. Cynthia L. Needham Page 3

SELECTED ACCOMPLISHMENTS – 2011 to 2017 (continued)

Appointed STAR3 Teacher / Leader / Literacy Liaison (three years’ service) at Griffith Elementary School.

WSFCS 21st Century Teacher Mentor.

Co-Chair of Griffith Elementary School Literacy Committee.

Elected to participate in the 2013 North Carolina Literacy Project – joint venture between WSFCS and Wake Forest University.

Active Member of the North Carolina School Library Media Association.

Active Member of the Forsyth County Media Library Association.

Member, North Carolina Reading Council, Winston-Salem / Forsyth County local chapter.

Participated in multiple professional development trainings through STAR3 Teacher Leader Academy, including the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta, GA. Quoted and published on WSFCS STAR3 web page.

Lead Advisor, enrichment program for girls aged 8-12 – Griffith GO! Club. Overview of the program posted on WSFCS home page HEADLINES!

Attended the NCSLMA National Conference in Winston-Salem, NC – October 2013.

Initiated several literacy-based activities, events and projects promoting higher-level thinking and response:

100 Book Club The Reading Buddy Program

Book Reviews on GEMS Broadcast Creative Writing Contests Book Mark Design Contest NC Children’s Picture Book Award Election Book Fair Chairperson Family Literacy Night

Camp READ A LOT Event Readers Theater

Storytelling Book Clubs

Movement and Poetry Yoga Kids

One of three teachers in WSFCS to receive Bright Ideas grant funding awarded by Energy United for special projects enhancing classroom innovation and instruction. Awarded $2,000 for project entitled

“Mobile Literature Libraries.”

Served three-month term as Teacher / Librarian Mentor for UNCG Library Student.

Implemented Library Club and Literature Circle, two enrichment programs for fifth grade students enrolled in the AG program.

Coordinated several successful Scholastic Book Fairs.

Launched Family Literacy Night – (first for Griffith Elementary) and collaborated with school’s ESL Team, Family Involvement Committee and multiple literacy-based community organizations; sixty Griffith families in attendance for this event.

Partnered with Curriculum Coordinator and representatives from Winston-Salem DASH Baseball Team in launching building-wide, eight-week W-S MVP DASH Education Program.

Coordinator for Camp-Read-A-Lot - school-wide event which entailed community members and school district dignitaries, including District Superintendent, reading aloud to students – day devoted to Art of Storytelling and importance of reading aloud to children.

Coordinated several creative writing contests for third, fourth and fifth grade students, Rolling Pumpkin Adventure Story and Mystery Writing Contest. Winners were treated to Saturday field trips to Barnes and Noble, lunch at Applebee’s Restaurant and Texas Roadhouse Restaurant, bowling and hayride to an authentic pumpkin patch.

Coordinated Bookmark Design Contest – annual Forsyth County Library event – with 300+ bookmark entries from Griffith E. School students.

Cynthia L. Needham Page 4

SELECTED ACCOMPLISHMENTS – 2011 to 2017 (continued)

Implemented Reading Buddy Program in Media Center third through fifth graders read aloud to kindergarten through second graders.

Created 100 Book Club: Every classroom of students who read and discussed 100 books together each received free book, bookmark, gold sticker, book tote, crayons and classroom popcorn party.

Awarded a $2,850.00 grant from The Winston-Salem Women’s Foundation in support of The Griffith Girls Only Club enrichment program for 8 to 12 year old girls. SCHOOL COMMITTEES

STAR3 Teacher Leader / Literacy Liaison – Teacher Incentive Fund Federal Grant Project Lead Advisor – Girls’ Enrichment Program (Griffith GO! Club) Co-chair, Literacy Committee

Member, Technology Committee

Support for Family Involvement Committee

Member, School Leadership Team

Member, PTA – Active


Nominated for North Carolina School Media Coordinator of the Year – 2014 Awarded WSFCS Griffith Elementary School Teacher of the Year – 2013 Recognized by NBC3 and awarded Syracuse City School District’s Educator of the Week – 2007 Awarded Syracuse University’s Antje Lemke Book Award and Scholarship – 2003 PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Officer, Forsyth Media Library Association (FMLA)

Member, North Carolina School Library Media Association (NCSLMA) Member, North Carolina Literacy Project at Wake Forest University Member, North Carolina Reading Council, Local Chapter Member, Delta Kappa Gamma International Society, Beta Nu Chapter Member, North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE)

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