National Association of Professional Women Announces Cynthia Smith, Administrator at New York City Department of Education, a 2015 Professional Woman of the Year

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Cynthia Smith is recognized as an NAPW VIP Woman of the Year for her outstanding leadership and commitment within her profession

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NAPW honors Cynthia Smith as a 2015 Professional Woman of the Year. Ms. Smith is recognized with this prestigious distinction for leadership in education administration. As the largest, most-recognized networking organization of professional women in the country, spanning virtually every industry and profession, the National Association of Professional Women is a powerfully vibrant networking community with over 600,000 members and over 200 Local Chapters.

Ms. Smith has more than 20 years of experience in the New York City Department of Education. Working as both an Administrator and a Teacher, she is passionate about nurturing the growth and professional development of young educators and the academic success of middle school students.

Currently, Ms. Smith is Academy Principal and has been instrumental in the development of numerous programs, including gender classes, professional development for teachers, program operations and parent engagement. For nearly ten years, Ms. Smith was District Science Coordinator for CSD 23, Brooklyn, overseeing all aspects of the districts science curriculum for pre-K through Grade 8. Prior to that position, Ms. Smith was a Science / Math Teacher for four years. As part of her continued commitment to both educators and students, Ms. Smith is hoping to develop an early childhood program based on common core standards.

Before embarking on a career in education, Ms. Smith was a Biologist and worked in the field of bio-medical research. In addition to her Bachelor of Science from LeMoyne-Owen College in Biology, she has a Master of Science from Back Street College in Educational Leadership, and pursued Doctoral classes in Animal Nutrition at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Association of Middle School Administrators and the Council of Supervisors and Administrators.

Awards & Accomplishments: Principals Institute Program Graduate-Bank Street College and NYC Board of Education; National Science Foundation-FAME; National Science Foundation grant reader; Editorial Board, Science and Children magazine; Past Presenter-NCTM; NSTA

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