Degrees and Certifications:
Master of Education in Special Education 2018 Master Certificate in Positive Behavior Support 2018 Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education K-8 and Special Education K-12 - Northern Arizona University 2014 Minor Degree in Art History - Northern Arizona University 2014 Liberal Studies Honors College 2010-2014- Northern Arizona University Endorsement in SEI Prior Experiences: Amphitheater Public Schools - 2014-present (K, 1, 2) Tucson Jewish Community Center Special Needs Advocate - 2011-2015 Salpointe Catholic Basketball Coach - 2013-2015
Ms. Cynthia Olszewski
Hello! I am excited to be teaching K-2 self-contained special education this year. I got my first teaching job here at Mesa Verde in 2014. Teaching kindergarten, first grade, and second grade is so much fun!
Defining Moment in Education
My parents are both professors at the University of Arizona and have always stressed the necessity of a good education. From a young age, I was surrounded by books, science, and educational play. Before I started elementary school, my sister, currently a teacher in Boston Public Schools, and I would play “school.” She is two years older and would always be the teacher. She taught me lots of math, made me read a ton of books, give oral book reports, and practice basketball for PE. My parents and my sister were my first teachers. The most important thing my family taught me was that learning should feel more like playing and should take place in a safe and loving environment. My family continues to inspire me to recreate my early learning experiences in my own classroom.
I believe that every student has the right and ability to learn in a caring and safe environment.
"Why I choose Mesa Verde"
Through my previous jobs, I have met many students and families who have gone to or who currently go to Mesa Verde. All these families had nothing but wonderful things to say about the Mesa Verde staff, students, and community. I love how small and close knit the staff and students are, because it reminds me of my own elementary school experience. Mesa Verde is very inclusive to all students, and as a special education teacher the inclusive environment drew me to teaching here.