Cindy Kruse brings over 20 years of experience in education and a passion for empowering educators and positively impacting student learning. Half-way through her teaching career, with a desire to “truly make a difference”, Cindy accepted a teaching position in a low socio-economic, urban setting. This decision proved to be a critical turning point, as she learned first-hand about the power of relationships and began her journey towards understanding the importance of social and emotional learning in the classroom. Believing that “relationships are our greatest currency in education” has been a cornerstone of Cindy’s teaching philosophy.
Her broad teaching experiences include both urban and suburban settings in early childhood through middle school classrooms, gifted support teacher, instructional coach, professional development specialist, literacy specialist and liaison for gifted education in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Cindy holds a master’s degree in education and is certified as a reading specialist, administrator, Responsive Classroom® Consulting Teacher, is a National trainer for Youth and Mental Health First Aid, and a certified Positive Parenting Educator.
Cindy is currently an independent educational consultant, presenter, keynote speaker, instructional coach, adjunct professor at Cabrini University, and consultant for West Chester University. She works with agile businesses to identify their needs in regards to training for new managers in the financial and technology fields. Cindy designs and delivers two day workshops on “The Essentials for New Managers”, which includes her work on topics such as Growth Mindset, Social & Emotional Intelligence, and Effective Communication.
Cindy holds the position of president-elect for the Delaware Valley Region of PASCD and is a member of the executive board for The Keystone State Literacy Association - Brandywine Valley Forge. Cindy enjoys partnering with parents, educators, and organizations to help every learner reach their potential. In addition to speaking at local, state, and national conferences on the topics of Social and Emotional Learning, Trauma-informed Classrooms, Growth Mindset, and Literacy, Cindy also regularly presents workshops and provides instructional coaching for teachers and administrators in pre-schools, elementary, middle, and high schools. Whenever her schedule permits, you will find Cindy boating on the Chesapeake Bay with her family and friends as long as the sky is blue, and the air is warm!
"Cindy is an exemplary planner, presenter, and out-of-the-box thinker. Her approach to providing professional learning takes into account everything participants are looking for: engagement, activity, a solid research base, and self-assessment. While she clearly has a wealth of knowledge, experience, and research behind her coaching and professional development sessions, she also puts her audience at ease with her approachability and her open attitude toward being a co-learner in the session, not just the presenter. Cindy manages to alleviate fears, challenge thinking, and foster risk-taking in her audience through her growth-oriented perspective of professional learning."
Director of Quality Schools, Delaware County Intermediate Unit