Mrs. Cynthia Iannone
BA Elementary Education ; Minor Psychology, Kean University , NJ
This is my ninth year teaching middle school language arts at OLGC. Prior to moving to Virginia, I substituted in all seven CCSD 181 elementary schools in Hinsdale IL. Prior to that, I taught full day kindergarten and first grade for five years at St Aquinas Academy in Livingston, NJ. I taught first grade at Byram Consolidated School in NJ fresh out of college.
Faith in Action
My students’ kindness to me and one another is impressive. Now, it’s not constant, we’re all human after all, but when they do show appreciation, empathy, or understanding for one another and for me, it makes my day. It may be something as simple as leaving an encouraging note on the white board, carrying books for a friend on crutches, or happily offering to help organize the classroom at the end of a long day; their ability to think of others while being so busy themselves bodes well for the future of our community and our world.
Growing up, I remember often hearing my grandfather say, “Be good to people.” My days at OLGC are filled with people being good to people - administrators, students, teachers, staff, and parents interacting, sharing, collaborating, and caring. My students write poetry and essays that elicit a “wow” from me on a regular basis. Their faith, compassion, kindness, love, and intelligence shine brightly through their writing. When I see the pleased look in a child’s eyes as we discuss his/her writing, I feel good about my day. Each child is sharing personal thoughts, comments, and opinions, so it is really important that my response is always encouraging. I want them to know that they can write well with appropriate effort, the part of the equation which they control. As Mother Teresa said, “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”
Favorite Teaching Moment
Although I am very pleased when my students demonstrate mastery of the skills, which I teach, I am happiest when I witness their kindness and appreciation toward me and their peers.
I enjoy cooking when I have time, usually a family recipe learned from my grandmother who was an amazing cook.
Favorite Activity Outside of School
Spending time with my grandaughters, McKayla, Callie, and Ella
Fun Fact About Me
Although I am definitely not fluent in French, I can recite the Hail Mary thanks to practicing the prayer at the beginning of every French IV class In high school.