Cynthia Prince, Bastian Elementary
I would like to nominate Mrs. Cynthia Prince for the KSL Teacher Tribute. Mrs. Prince is a first-grade teacher at Bastian Elementary School in Herriman, Utah. Two of my daughters have been lucky to be in Mrs. Prince’s class over the last few years. We are ever so grateful for the impact she has made in our children’s lives and many others that we would like to see her celebrated.
The theme of Mrs. Prince’s classroom is to be a “super student.” As students begin first grade, Mrs. Prince is sure to connect with the “super” attributes of each student. She is quick to compliment and share her love with all her students. After identifying each students’ unique talents, Mrs. Prince does well to build students’ academic skills and confidence. She differentiates instruction to those who need extra support, while at the same time helping gifted learners advance. She truly makes each student SUPER!
Super heroes need to have tools and talents to be successful. Mrs. Prince uses great hands-on tools to help her students learn. My daughters have loved exploring their world through science experiments, learning to add and subtract with authentic math story problems, and learning to write stories. Additionally, Mrs. Prince helps her students become super heroes as she helps them develop the tools of good friendship and serving citizens. I appreciate the way she invites her students to build friendships with others by helping and caring for each other. Kindness is the best super hero trait!
Mrs. Prince is a super hero herself! She amazes me and many parents with the dedication she gives to her class and school community. Mrs. Prince works beyond school hours in creating her lessons, participating in professional development, directing the school choir, serving on teacher committees, and communicating with parents. My daughter was in her class during the pandemic and Mrs. Prince made sure to keep learning going. She amazed me with how hard she worked with technology tools and keeping student connections through zoom. My daughter and I always knew she was there to support and buoy up as any super hero would do.
Finally, Mrs. Prince loves her students. Her smile and personality are genuine. Mrs. Prince is quick to give a hug or high five to her students – past and present. The magic of her love is what creates the power of her first-grade super heroes!
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