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Local Teacher Receives National Recognition as Extraordinary Educator

by Curriculum Associates

Local Teacher Receives National Recognition as Extraordinary Educator
Cynthia Stevens

Cynthia Stevens of Mifflin Park Elementary in Shillington receives national recognition for her best-in-class teaching and use of educational programs

Curriculum Associates has named Cynthia Stevens of Mifflin Park Elementary in Shillington, PA to its 2023 class of Extraordinary Educators, an annual program that celebrates and connects exemplar teachers in Grades K–8 from around the country. Chosen from hundreds of nominations, Stevens is among 30 educators from 22 states selected for exhibiting best-in-class use of i-Ready®, i-Ready Classroom Mathematics, and/or Ready®, illustrating growth and achievement via formal assessments, demonstrating innovation and engagement practices for students, being evangelists for high expectations and student achievement, championing equity, and having taught for at least two years.

“Teachers are true rockstars,” said Emily McCann, vice president of educator community at Curriculum Associates. “This year’s Extraordinary Educators are no exception—they were chosen from hundreds of nominations and represent the best of the best. We are happy to recognize and celebrate Cynthia for her amazing work in the classroom and look forward to providing her with ongoing professional learning and networking opportunities to help her continue to grow her craft.”

With nearly 340 years of combined teaching experience, this year’s class of Extraordinary Educators includes classroom teachers, special education teachers, and instructional specialists. All of the educators were ultimately selected by an advisory board featuring leaders from Curriculum Associates, previously inducted Extraordinary Educators, and a college student pursuing a degree in urban education.

The Extraordinary Educators will have continued access to a network of peers from around the country to collaborate, connect, and learn from throughout the year, as well as access to professional development opportunities from Curriculum Associates. They will also be invited to participate and present at the Extraordinary Educators Leadership Summit and other professional learning events.

“I am honored and excited to be named one of Curriculum Associates’ 2023 Extraordinary Educators,” said Stevens. “I look forward to the opportunity to learn from and collaborate with this amazing group of educators. I can’t wait to talk about ways to inspire each child to love math. My goal is to instill a positive math identity in each child through developing positive ‘mathitudes.’ I believe the Think–Share–Compare routine in Ready Mathematics allows this to happen.”

This is the fourth year of the Extraordinary Educators program. This year’s class joins 110 additional educators from across the country in receiving this recognition.

Today, Curriculum Associates’ programs are used by about half of Pennsylvania school districts.

To learn more about Curriculum Associates and the 2023 Extraordinary Educators, visit

Founded in 1969, Curriculum Associates, LLC designs research-based print and online instructional materials, screens and assessments, and data management tools. The company’s products and outstanding customer service provide teachers and administrators with the resources necessary for teaching diverse student populations and fostering learning for all students.