This Side of Third

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It’s All About Me

Welcome to This Side of Third!  I’m Cyndi, and I teach second and third grade special education in Maryland.

This is my 22nd year as a teacher, all in SpEd.  I started as a teaching assistant in a self-contained classroom for students with Severe Emotional Disabilities in PA.  I moved to Massachusetts and taught at a school for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders, then at a charter school.  I’ve been in MD since 2001, beginning in a self-contained ASD classroom, then moved to my current position as an inclusion SpEd teacher.

I was born and raised in Philly ( and love Philly sports teams.  In 1991 I graduated from Slippery Rock University ( where I was a massive band geek.  In my spare time, I enjoy reading, knitting, cross-stitch, and running (although it looks more like a limping trot).  I’m married, and we have a cat, Ally Jane, that we rescued from a hurricane.

I’m very lucky to still have both of my parents.  I’m also lucky that they live down the shore!  My sister and nephew live too far away, but I see them when I can.

Have a safe and wonderful school year!

Twitter: @ThisSideofThird


One Comment to

“It’s All About Me”

  1. October 24th, 2017 at 2:35 am      Reply Purviben K. Trivedi-Ziemba Says:


    I am taking Educator Personal Blog challenge. I came across your blog while reading comments on Step 5 of the challenge. I like the way you have used double sidebars to emphasis the blogroll & your achievements while keeping the tidy appearance.

    I also read some of your blog posts & am a better educator because of them.

    I have linked your blog to my post,

    I hope it is OK with you. If not, please let me know by emailing at and I will remove the link.

    Thanks & Best wishes.

    Purviben K. Trivedi-Ziemba

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