Degrees and Certifications:
BS/Social Sciences MAT/Social Sciences M.Ed/Special Education Qualified Mental Health Professional/Children National Board Certification in Special Education
Ms. Cindy Whetzell
This is my third year at Discovery teaching in the ID K-5 classroom and my 11th year teaching. I love my students and the staff at Discovery. We are a family in many, many ways. We even spend time together in the summer and communicate almost on a daily basis. Working with people who love and care for "my kids" as much as I do allows the students to grow outside their special abilities. It is my goal to challenge my students, introduce them to new experiences and expand their lives.
The college journey for me began later than most people. I received my AA degree from West Virginia University, Potomac State College campus. My BS in Social Sciences and Master of Arts in Teaching from Frostburg State University. I dreamed of teaching 8th grade Geography but soon realized that I belonged in Special Education when I was hired to teach at a private, residential school who served children who could not be served in the public school setting. I found where I belonged in the teaching world. At Liberty University, in 2012, I received my Master of Education in Special Education. I taught at a second private, day school and was honored to teach the two most difficult to place students in an adjoining county. I love a challenge and a challenge it was! These two students made me look way outside of the box. I truly enjoy the challenge of teaching children with special abilities and watching them achieve their potential academically and socially. I strive to provide the kind of classroom that encourages students to want to come to school. I want to see my students acheive academically but it is very important to me to provide them with the social skills to succeed in life.
My daughter is a teacher in Clarke county and is beginning her 21st year. I followed in her footsteps. She, her husband and my grandchildren live close to us in Front Royal. Along with spending time with my daughter and her family, I love spending time with family, friends, my two mixed breed dogs Stella and Stevie Nicks, and a Guinea Pig that was raised to work with special needs children. My husband is retired and takes very good care of me. It's been an adventure trading places and a challenge not to correct him when he doesn't do things the way I did them.
I feel that communication between parents and teachers is needed in order for a student to be successful. That requires getting to know my students' parents and their hopes and desires for their children. My door is always open and I love hearing from parents and caretakers.