DCA student Alexandra Vogul sat down with Cynthia Matson to conduct an interview for our teacher spotlight series. Cynthia serves as Lead Teacher and teaches middle school math and art. Raised in Lincoln County, Cynthia graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts in Intermediate Education, and received her Masters of Mathematics from the University of Tennessee. Take a moment to get to know Cynthia better below.
- What inspired you to become a teacher?
I have always enjoyed being around children and enjoy the challenge of teaching them math.
- What are some things that you like to do to make learning fun?
Pi! Day is my favorite activity day! We get to explore the relationship between the ratio and circumference of a circle.
- What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about watching children gain confidence by solving challenging problems and sharing the love of Jesus with my students.
- What do you recommend as a path for life-long learning?
Reading and using the internet to teach yourself new material. I learned art history online and used it to teach middle school art.
- How do you incorporate God’s Word into the classroom?
I incorporate His word daily through scripture and prayer every day and also when working with students and their behavior.
- How do you create a nurturing environment for personal growth and development?
I use flexible seating so the students are comfortable.
- How do you work with students to achieve this personal success?
I help build confidence by providing opportunities for them to succeed with problem solving.