R-MA Upper School math teacher Cynthia Michael joined the Randolph-Macon Academy faculty in 1993, after spending her earlier education career in public schools.
"I chose private education because of the small class sizes and the ability to get to know the students as individuals," said Michael, who, like many of her peers, became a teacher because of the influence of one of her own teachers.
Ms. Michael views math as a puzzle, something she enjoys doing in her spare time. She believes there is much satisfaction to be received from seeing the look on a student’s face when the last piece of the puzzle falls into place. It is her goal that every student experiences that satisfaction at least once during the year. Every student may not be good at all aspects of math but she looks for a student’s strengths and encourages him or her to pursue that strength further. “Math is not something that all students are good at or enjoy, but if they can leave my class feeling just a little bit more confident in their ability to do well, then I feel as if I have accomplished just a little bit.”
Originally from Ohio, Michael has spent most of her career south of the Mason-Dixon Line, but travels quite often to visit her family. Her hobbies include reading, music, and photography. She also enjoys traveling, and has escorted three school groups on overseas trips to Greece, the United Kingdom, France, and Italy.
Michael’s outstanding efforts in and out of the classroom have been recognized by many organizations. The Parents’ Association named her Teacher of the Year for the 2002-2003 school year. She was named Air Force Association Teacher of the Year for the Northern Shenandoah Valley Chapter in 2007. She was also named Teacher of the 2nd Quarter in the 2004-2005 school year and Mentor of the Quarter for the 2006-07 and 2012-2013 school years. During the 2009-2010 school year, Michael was named Coach of the Season for Winter, the Northern Virginia Daily All Area Boys Swimming Coach 2010, and 2009-2010 Coach of the Year.
- M.S., University of Dayton
- B.S., Miami University
- Courses: Algebra I, Honors Algebra I, Geometry, Honors Geometry
- R-MA Mentor, Freshman Team Co-Advisor