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Mrs. Cindy Toppen

I am excited to be entering my second year of teaching, even during this unprecedented time! While I am new to Trailside as a teacher, my kids went there as students and I have lived in Loudoun County for 13 years, so I am looking forward to being part of the pack in a new way this year. This will be my second year teaching 6th grade math after making a career change from designing buildings as a structural engineer. I completed the Virginia Career Switcher Alternative Route to Licensure program through Shenandoah University and taught last year at Mercer Middle School.

I grew up north of Baltimore, Maryland, and I attended Cornell University for my bachelor's and master's degrees in Civil Engineering. While I enjoyed being an engineer, I have loved the switch to teaching! I love that with my engineering experience I have a deeper understanding of how math applies to real world problem solving.

I am so excited to get to know my students this year!