Cynthia Bell

Gold Star Award Winner Cynthia Bell

Don Bosco Catholic High School

City/School System
Don Bosco School System

Subjects and Grade Level
High School Science Teacher

Indiana University, BS Education, Purdue University, AS Industrial Engineering Technology

Number of years teaching
8 years

Bowling, skiing, reading, biking, and playing with my grandsons

Family members
Joseph (spouse), Patricia and Chris Brady, Jenna and Jason Walker (daughters & sons-in-law), Ethan and John Brady, Jackson and Jason Walker (grandsons)

Professional involvement
Iowa Physics Teacher Instruction and Resource Program, Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center, National Honor Society Sponsor, FLEXE (From Local to Extreme Environment Program), Iowa Core Curriculum and Don Bosco School Improvement Advisory Committee

What do you like most about teaching?
The thing I like most about teaching is the opportunity to introduce the students to new concepts.

What do you find most challenging about teaching?
The most challenging thing about teaching is how to keep the students actively involved in the learning process.

Best tip for new teachers?
You do not have to be an expert on every topic and it is okay to learn how something works along with the students.

Best tip for career teachers?
Keep on taking classes, they keep you updated on what is new in your field and what colleges are expecting high school graduates to know.

Favorite piece of advice for students?
If you don’t attempt the problem, how do you know you can’t do it?

What does being a Gold Star Teacher mean to you?
Every day a teacher can be a positive or a negative influence on a student, challenge students to be their best or accept lack luster effort. To me being a Gold Star Teacher means that I attempt to influence the lives of my students in a positive way and that I am encourage them to achieve their potential. It means that my students, their parents, and my school community appreciate my efforts.