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Cyndi Robinson-Carney

Residential Teacher-Counselor, 2002-2004

Cyndi Robinson-Carney joined the residential staff as a teacher and counselor from 2002-2004.

Where are you living and what brought you there?

I returned to my hometown to teach for the city of Richmond, VA after spending one year as a middle school teacher in Charlottesville, VA.

Where are you working and what do you enjoy about it?

I am the ITRT (Instructional Resource Technology Teacher) for three elementary schools in Richmond, VA. I love supporting teachers and helping them find innovative ways to bring excitement to the classroom through instructional technology!

What do you find yourself most often reading/listening to lately and why?

I love neo-soul (Erykah Badu, India Aire, John Legend, Maxwell, Janelle Monae, Adele, Chrissette Michelle) because of the fusion of musical genres and the oftentimes beautiful and sultry lyrics. I am into reading science fiction series (Scott Westerfield’s Uglies trilogy series and Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games series) because I find them so fascinating!

What are you working on right now and what does it represent in the larger body of your artistic accomplishments?

It has been a while since I have engaged in creative writing. Right now, I am working on completing my Ed.D. at George Washington University, and so my current literary “work” is my dissertation.

What are your publications, performances, albums, and/or achievements that seem most important to you at this point in time?

I am a national board-certified teacher with English Language Arts-Adolescence and Young Adulthood as my certification. I am extremely proud of this achievement because it represents my scholarship in English Language Arts, as well as my passion for education and working with the youth.

How would you characterize the influence of your YWW experience in your life?

YWW influenced me to remember the importance of creativity in learning. Oftentimes, the older we get, the easier it becomes to forget that what makes you clever is having the audacity to be creative.

What’s the best advice you can give a Young Writer (in general or in your specific genre)?

The best advice I have is to never forget how to daydream, chase fireflies, watch the sunset…and rise to the occasion…every occasion is the perfect moment to capture with your imagination and your pen.

Where can we find you online?