This month’s Arcadia News Teachers We Love award goes to a teacher whose destiny in education unfolded as a natural progression. Cindy Farmer, dean of girls and sixth-grade English literature and composition teacher of six years, currently at Veritas Preparatory Academy, began by teaching her own children.
When Cindy Farmer made the statement that she believes learning is a shared project best done as a community, she was not just paying lip service. Farmer has dedicated the past 10 years to being an active member of the Great Hearts Classical Education community. She home-schooled her children until about junior high and when they started school outside the home, her personal dedication to their education continued. She became a volunteer: Parent Organization president and speech and debate team coach.
When all of her children were in school outside of the home, her involvement in education took a professional turn. She was offered a position as an assistant, which quickly led to a position as a teacher, assistant headmaster and now dean of girls at Veritas. During all six of the years she has held professional positions with the Great Hearts schools. She has taught literature, for which she holds a profound love.
“Teaching is an extension of what I have been doing. I’m dedicated to my children’s education. I love teaching. I love literature, and now I [teach] for more children than just mine,” Farmer shared.
Former student, Kylie Carwitz and her mother nominated Mrs. Farmer for the award. Kylie’s mother, Debbie, who is also a teacher, noticed how the interest that Farmer took in her students as people, not just as students, influenced their attitude toward the subject being taught, creating enthusiasm that was not there before. She describes Farmer’s passion for teaching literature as infectious and feels that she delves deeply into exploration while still making the concepts digestible for her students.
Farmer hopes her students take away the ability, “to be bold, unafraid to ask questions, look higher and deeper, unafraid to pursue what makes things hard or simple but still worthy.”