Cynthia Hedges is a retired educator, formerly at Point Loma High School, a public secondary school in the San Diego Unified school district. She is currently a volunteer docent at Cabrillo National Monument in San Diego. This experienced educator worked as an English teacher for many years and has a broad perspective on education. She has been a classroom teacher at the junior and senior high school levels, specializing in advanced placement (AP) and honors seminar classes. She served as English Department Chair at Crawford High School and Point Loma High School. Her passion for education was evident throughout her career as she took on extra responsibilities for curriculum development, GATE programs (gifted and talented education), as well as coordinating scholastic writing awards, book awards and idea exchange programs. Because of her outstanding teaching, she was recognized with the Abel Award for Excellence in Teaching and twice named as a San Diego Unified District Mentor Teacher.
Cindy is energetic and was always devoted to her students. During their lunch break, her students frequently would come to her classroom to talk, ask for advice or just ‘hang out’. After they graduated, Cindy’s students kept in touch with her for years, to share their successes which they attribute to her devotion and expert counsel.
In 2012, some of her honors English students asked to form a school club that would do fund-raising for Quench and Connect clean water projects. Cindy agreed to mentor this club, and guided the students in year-long fundraising events and activities. The club was called Water Uganda Do?. She worked with the students in this extra-curricular activity until her retirement and gave them a special gift by teaching them how to ‘give back’. Through this, she became personally interested in our projects and the impact enhanced education can have in developing countries. Now Cindy brings her special knowledge of education to Quench and Connect.