Cynthia Donaldson Honored As Teacher Of The Year

As part of the team's first annual Community Appreciation Awards, the club will honor Parkview Elementary School's Cynthia Donaldson as the Sockers Teacher of the Year. Donaldson, who teaches first grade, showcases what it means to be a great teacher. She will be honored during a short ceremony between the third and fourth quarters.

She attended Castle Park High School and San Diego State University where she majored in Liberal Studies and Linguistics. Her career started as an engraver, typesetter, and graphic artist.  She became a U.S. Navy wife and mother to two daughters.  When she volunteered at her daughters’ school, she discovered the joy of working with students.  During that time, she became involved with PTA, assisted other military families, and earned her teaching credential.  Cindy has taught primary grades for 20 years for San Diego City Schools and the Chula Vista Elementary School District.  She has been a lab teacher, online instructor, and has mentored other teachers.  She currently works at Parkview Elementary School in Chula Vista where she teaches first grade.  She says, “My greatest accomplishment is seeing how my students have grown as learners.  Students know that I love them and will always be there for them. I tell students, 'Believe in yourself and the World will believe in you, too.’ Thank you to all the wonderful teachers at Parkview who make a difference each day in their classrooms.  I would like to give special recognition to my wonderful husband, Chuck; principal, Dr. Shawna Codrington; my family, the Parkview Panthers community, and the San Diego Sockers.  You all rock!”