Cyndi taught English at Salem High School where she served as a leader in innovative education for 40 years. At Plymouth Canton Educational Park, she designed the Humanities course and co-founded the award-winning Spectra program, an interdisciplinary school-within-a school that dramatically reduced failure rates in 9th and 10th grade core classes. Cyndi brings considerable knowledge and experience in leading organizational change at the high school level. She authored the $1.2 million US Dept. of Education Smaller Learning Communities grant and served as its coordinator, building capacity for teacher collaboration. She earned her M.A. in Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University and has published numerous articles on projects-based learning, in addition to presenting at local, state, and national conferences. Cyndi is the recipient of the PCEA Sharon Belobradich Leadership Award, MEA Showcasing Success Award, Wayne County RESA Golden Apple, NCTE Center of Excellence Award, and three Plymouth-Canton Community Schools Mary Beth Carroll Extra Miler awards. For 37 years she and her husband Jim have been residents of Plymouth, Michigan where they raised their three children, Gabe, Devin, and Jake.