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I was an elementary teacher for 20 years, National Board Certified in 2003 in early childhood.  I have two children, a son who is in 7th grade and a daughter in 9th grade.  My fur baby is a GSD who is my my side almost all day while I create resources. My husband who I adore, owns a sign company called SOS Sign and Lighting.   I loved teaching primary grades, but found my groove in creating resources for other teachers to use in their classroom with Teachers Pay Teachers.  I know how valuable time is for teachers and began creating resources to help them save time, money and to increase student achievement. I found that rigor and engagement can coexist.

I believe that it is necessary to acknowledge visual, auditory, and tactile learning styles when teaching students. I like to use a balanced approach to teaching students.  My main goal is to inspire students to love learning by creating FUN educational experiences.  My goal is for students to wake up excited wanting to come to school and learn!  I love designing teaching resources, sharing ideas, mentoring teachers, mentoring students with Take Stock in Children, and being a child advocate.

Students in the past have fond memories of my Polar Express PJ Day, hot cocoa on cold mornings, making personality pigs, writing books, the individual photo albums I made for each student, mixing liquid to make GAK, using candy for math, seeing me dressed up like The Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly and Mrs. Frizzle from The Magic School Bus, trips to the Treasure Box for surprises, transformations or her room into a movie theaters and fun literacy center activities that still promote the rigor needed in today’s curriculum. I started blogging to help connect and inform the public of educational issues and resources. You can follow me on Twitter under the name Teachersbrain.  Shop her store at Teachers Pay Teachers.

Cindy Martin is Teacher's Brain
Cindy Martin is Teacher’s Brain

Colleagues have said her strengths are:

“Creativity, making learning fun, and engaging her students in lessons.” – Mrs. Kras

“She is child centered.  Her focus is always on their needs whether it be making learning fun or advocating for them.” -Mrs. McGray

“Hands-down one of the most creative teachers who thinks outside of the box while always keeping the children’s educational needs in mind.” – Ms. Flynn