When she was in the third grade, Cindy Pearson decided she wanted to be a teacher.A good student, she occasionally was asked to help lead the class.“I became the tutor,” she said.Today, she is proud to have fulfilled that childhood dream a total of 25 years.“It’s rewarding to see the growth of my students every year — from when they come in and when they go out,” Pearson said. “You get to see that moment when they finally get it.”And that enthusiasm, plus her philosophy of continuous improvement, was a catalyst that led to Pearson’s peers choosing her as the 2013-2014 GCISD Elementary Teacher of the Year.“It’s all very exciting and overwhelming,” said Pearson, 48, of Grapevine.Two schools will benefit from Pearson’s dedication. She has taught for more than a decade at Dove Elementary. This coming school year, she will be working for Colleyville Elementary providing curriculum and other instruction to teachers.“I get to work with more kids this way because I will be working with teachers to improve their instruction,” she said. “I can have a wider impact than in the classroom.”The Grapevine Colleyville school district educator is excited about how the district is embracing transformation and innovation to provide future-focused learning and instruction for students. “No matter what you’ve done before, how successful it was, or whatever the outcome, don’t stop growing,” Pearson said. “There are always new methods, new thought and new ways to look at things. Our world is changing rapidly and we have to keep up with it.”Pearson recalled when she decided in the third grade that she wanted to be a teacher when she moved from Kansas to Texas.Pearson graduated from Texas Christian University with a degree in music education and received her masters in educational leadership and administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. She enjoys singing and performing at her church, The Vine in Grapevine, as well as making scrapbooks with her family — including her daughters, Maddison Greene, 22, and Sarah Pearson, 15, a sophomore at Grapevine High School, and her husband Philip, an Irving police officer formerly with the Grapevine Police Department.Pearson has spent 12 of her 25 years teaching in the Grapevine Colleyville school district. During her teaching career, Pearson has taught first, second and third grade and elementary music and has worked as a literacy specialist for kindergarten through sixth-graders. Pearson is amazed by how much her students learn and grow throughout the school year.“I love watching my students achieve, sometimes even beyond their own expectations,” Pearson said.
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