Cynthia has been a high school English teacher in independent high schools for 20+ years. Her treasured role has been guiding high school seniors in writing their college personal statements and supplemental essays. Cynthia has also served as part of the Admissions Committee where she conducted reviews of student writing.
Cynthia Darling has been a high school English Teacher in independent schools for the past twenty years. During that time, her treasured role has been guiding high school seniors in writing their college personal statements and supplemental college essays. For much of that time, Cynthia served as an independent high school Admission Committee representative, where she interviewed prospective students and families while also evaluating admissions files and writing samples. She has served as a teaching mentor, a curriculum advisor, and a professional development facilitator.
Cynthia was selected to be a Fellow for New York City’s Academy for Teachers, a community of 2000 exceptional teachers from more than 460 schools. She is also a longtime Consultant for the National Writing Project and a recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities educator’s grant. She is currently working toward her MFA in Creative Writing from the Bluegrass Writers Studio. A recent participant in The Moth Teacher Institute, she loves creating writing projects that allow students to share their stories with audiences in the greater community.
As a professor in the First Year Writing Program at Boston College, Cynthia worked with students on the compilation of semester-long writing portfolios and the creation of class anthologies of student writing. As a professor at Fisher College, and Massachusetts Bay Community College, Cynthia worked closely with college students to guide them in developing their narrative writing. Facilitating communities of strong college writers led naturally to Cynthia’s career of bringing college-level writing skills to the high school environment.
Nothing excites her more than helping students to uncover the story they are meant to tell. She specializes in helping students to create memorable scenes and compose evocative imagery.
She encourages students to bring all facets of their identities into their writing. She creates a safe space where sharing writing is an act of powerful self-expression. Students come to embrace, with new confidence, their identities as writers.
Outside of work, she is active in working toward her MFA in Creative Writing from the Bluegrass Writers Studio. She loves traveling and also wandering the back streets of her town of Hoboken, New Jersey. She can be found attending writing conferences in distant lands during vacation time.
- Master of Arts in English Literature from Boston College
- Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Trinity College
- Working toward MFA in Creative Writing at Bluegrass Writers Studio
- Consultant with the National Writing Project
- Fellow with the Academy for Teachers
- Recipient of an educator’s grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities
- Participant in Disquiet International Literary Conference
- Published in Schuylkill Valley Journal, Louisiana Literature, Wanderlust Journal, sPARKLE & bLINK.
- Moth Teacher Institute participant