Cyndie Fountaine was born and raised in Berkeley, California, in a world of UC Berkeley football, daily blankets of fog, foghorns, and a love for seafood and the sights, smells, and sounds of the ocean. Her greatest interests were in music—piano, vocal and orchestral— as well as reading and volunteering as a sighted guide for friends and fellow students who were blind at Berkeley High. Cyndie studied Music Education at Brigham Young University, then finished up her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Ed. at Utah State University. She received a Special Education endorsement from the University of Utah, and finally a master’s degree in Instructional Technology through the Utah State University extension in Vernal. Cyndie raised her family in the Uintah Basin, and taught for 22 years in Uintah School District as a special education teacher and teacher of the blind and visually impaired. She also taught private lessons in piano and voice for over thirty years, and loved having it all.
Favorite pastimes of Cyndie’s include going to the symphony, gardening, singing for pleasure, reading, and spending time with family. She has four adult children and almost twelve grandchildren. Three years ago, she left the Uintah Basin to live closer to her two daughters on the Wasatch Front and enjoys being grandma. Her favorite places to travel include Northern California, where she was raised, and New Zealand, where she recently visited to see her kiwi grandchildren.
Cyndie spent the last three years as the special education director at Mountainville Academy in Alpine and found that there are incredible teachers, children, and parents outside the Uintah Basin as well! She is grateful for the opportunity to begin a new adventure at Early Light, where she is already impressed with the faculty and parents! She is delighted with the curriculum focus and methodology selection, and looks forward to integrating fine arts in the classroom. Cyndie will continue singing the times tables because students never forget them that way. Her passion is sharing knowledge and understanding with children, seeing their eyes light up when they get it, and hearing them say, “Oh yeah, I’m good!”