Updated: Jul 26, 2022
Seeing a child flourish and grow in confidence is Cindy Aldredge’s favorite thing about being an educator. She serves as the Academic Language Therapist in The Father John Caskey Dyslexia Center at St. Cyprian’s Episcopal School.
“The absolute best part of being a teacher is to know that young student who walked through your door and the first thing they told you was, “I can’t read, Ms. Cindy.” The next few months and sometimes years are spent changing that belief in themselves and changing their confidence,” she said. “Nothing is greater than watching a struggling student change like a butterfly before your eyes into a successful reader.”
Keep reading to learn more about Cindy Aldredge and why she became an educator.
SCES: Tell us about yourself. Cindy: Growing up, I always wanted to become a teacher. I come from a long line of lifelong educators. I've spent most of my life teaching students, which is my passion. I graduated with an undergraduate degree in education from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1982 and continued my education with my masters in education in 1989. After teaching for 31 years in public schools, primarily at Central ISD, I continued my training at Neuhaus Education Center to train as an Academic Language Therapist, specializing in dyslexia therapy. I am beginning my 10th year as a language therapist at St. Cyprian's Episcopal School. It is an absolute joy to support the legacy of dyslexia therapy at St. Cyprian's School.
SCES: Why did you become a teacher? Cindy: I feel that God called me into education to try to make a difference in the lives of children, to be able to help them make connections, and to grow in literacy and thinking abilities. I have always been very passionate about my role as a teacher and have strived to make a difference in the lives of my students.
SCES: What is your favorite subject to teach? Cindy: Obviously, my favorite subject is language arts, most specifically teaching children to read with success from the foundations to the most advanced comprehension and writing skills. My philosophy is that it's extremely important for students to connect reading, writing, spelling, and thinking as we grow them to be successful readers and writers for any future endeavors they choose to do.
SCES: Why did you choose to teach at St. Cyprian's? Cindy: I feel like my heart led me to St. Cyprian's Episcopal School because of my faith in God's plan for my life. We shared the common desire to serve students; this school has set an exemplary example throughout the state of Texas in serving the needs of dyslexic students.
SCES: What can students expect when they enter your classroom? Cindy: Any student that walks into my classroom can expect to be loved and accepted on the pathway toward learning to become a successful student of literacy. I strive to be their greatest advocate and ensure in my students the confidence to succeed.
SCES: How are you innovative in your classroom? Cindy: In the role of an academic language therapist, it is vital that you look for different ways to make connections in the structure of our language. Some of the most innovative teaching techniques used are the multi-sensory approaches to literacy success. In addition, the use of technology innovation is paramount to assist our students in fluency in reading, writing, and spelling; it has been phenomenal for student success. To learn more about The Father John Caskey Dyslexia Center, click here.