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Cynthia Kaitfors-Smith

Subject Expertise: Restorative Strategies, Positive Discipline in the Classroom, Parenting the Positive Discipline Way
Education: MS Marriage Family Therapy; BA Psychology; PPS School Counseling
Hometown: Born in Rapid City, SD (the beautiful Black Hills), but lives in Clovis, CA today
Home Church: St. Columba, Anglican Church, Fresno CA

It seems I am a teacher in my soul, as a young girl I played school with neighborhood friends (and I was the teacher of course). I began teaching dance in High School and then college as I was a dance major…but then switched my major to Psychology. I wanted to reach our students who are in need both academically and emotionally. As a school counselor I had many opportunities to reach our students, empower them with a "you can do this" attitude and prepare them for life…My goal as an Adjunct instructor is to once again empower and encourage but this time to teachers and administrators, which in turn will help their students reach their goals through positive discipline.

Professional Experience: K-12 School Counselor, Fresno City College, Clovis Community College and Fresno Pacific University Adjunct Instructor. I was also the Director of Merced Campus for FPU.

Personal Experience: I am a teacher, blogger, public speaker and active in my church. I have been on our governing board of the church, taught Sunday School, was a Superintendent of our Sunday School, began a children's choir and a member of our Ladies church guild (ACW). I have also participated in the performing arts group of seniors "New Wrinkles" where I sang and danced with others 55-years and older.

Scholarly Interests: How brain development, ages and stages along with their development affects their academic success and behavioral dispositions.

Recommended Reading: The Bible, Christian Books (ie. The Red Tent), AD 30, and  Devotionals

Favorite Bible Verse: Joshua 24:15 ~ "But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” Jeremiah 29:11 ~ "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future"

Favorite Music: Christian Music and Soft Rock

Favorite Activities: Reading, Writing, Walking, Riding bikes, traveling and spending time with family and of course "family game night".

Family Info: Married to Michael Smith, have two sons, three granddaughters

What Matters: God, Family and Friends…Living a life for Christ.

Pet Peeves: Dishonesty and backstabbing people who hurt others for their  5-minutes of fame.

What I Like About FPU: The joy of praying each day with Co-workers, or the class I teach. Working with like-minded people who love the Lord and work in grace with each other.