Degrees and Certifications:
Administrative-Principal Credential M.A. Ed. Gifted Education K-12 B.F.A. Art Education K-12 Professional Associations: Arizona Odyssey of the Mind Association State Board Arizona Association for Gifted and Talented International Baccalaureate Organization Tucson Values Teachers Honor Board
Mrs. Cymry DeBoucher
Amphitheater Gifted Services Department Co-Chair
Gifted Specialist - Advocate for gifted students at Canyon del Oro HS
Odyssey of the Mind Coodinator for Canyon Del Oro HS
Southern Arizona Odyssey of the Mind Co-Regional Director
I am a passionate believer in students and the value of education to our world. Our CDO Odyssey of the Mind teams continually inspire me with their outside-the-box thinking, team work and persistence regardless of challenges.
I am inspired each year when the students who have studied interviewing skills in our internship classes tell me about the scholarships they are getting because they are better at interviewing than their competition. Students tell us that what they learn in internship is critical and they are getting jobs, scholarships and entrance to advanced programs because of their ability to communicate in a formal interview.
Core Educational Beliefs
My instructional style is the result of experience, training and my instructional beliefs. Training in brain-based approaches to instruction has instilled in me the value of brain functions to store and use information and the immense value of student engagement to that process. I have taught Kindergarten through 12th grade students and those varied ages have helped develop my instructional strategies, i.e., when to use direct instruction and for how long, the power of modeling, and the importance of practice in all its varied modalities. My training and experience are informed by a passionate commitment to the individual needs of each student. The “art” of teaching is to understand and act upon each student’s needs in terms of content level, motivation and individual style of learning and expression. There is no greater reward to any teacher than witnessing authentic growth in students.
I have taught gifted students in 4th through 12th grades. Most of my career has been as a teacher in the Amphitheater gifted program. I have also taught IB visual arts and film. I served as a Career Ladder Facilitator and in this role I mentored other teachers.
Circle K High School Teacher of the Year Finalist
Raytheon Leaders in Education High School Teacher of the Year Award
Amphitheater Distinguished Service Award
Arizona Odyssey of the Mind John Stewart Award
Arizona Odyssey of the Mind Outstanding Omer Award
Rotary Distinguished Vocational Service in Education Award
Rotary Service Above Self Award