Cunningham does it all: parking permits, substituting

Cynthia Cunningham has been the secretary to two assistant principals for years, and fufills tasks such as helping run Summer Institute to helping out on the administrative end of the recently graduated senior class. Cynthia Cunningham has been the secretary to two assistant principals for years, and fufills tasks such as helping run Summer Institute to helping out on the administrative end of the recently graduated senior class. After transferring here from BCC in 2008, she has become a vital part of the community.Although Cunningham decided to work here in order to follow her son who was a student, she also enjoys getting to know the students. “My biggest memory  would be watching students go through from kindergarten all the way up to graduation, and last year’s class was the last class I did that with,” Cunningham said.Although Cunningham performs important tasks, students would agree her most important job is handling parking spots. “I don’t decide who gets parking spots. The bottom line is interns have priority so they are the ones who automatically got the lower lot. All the other students are placed in a pool and randomly selected based upon the amount of spots we have left.  I do not decide who goes where,” Cunningham said. Cunningham understands what it means to have “Patriot Pride” as well as work diligently in order to properly execute her work. “She is a great person and very good at completing tasks. I never have to ask her twice to do something as she is very proactive about trying to get things done. She is invaluable and understands the way things work here at Wootton,” Assistant Principal Joseph DuBoyce said. After growing up in Alexandria and attending TC Williams High School, Cunningham eventually moved to Rockville. She decided to work in education because she wanted to be closer to her son, and she enjoys being around children. She lives in a neighborghood close to here and was quickly integrated into the school community. Cunningham began working as a substitute teacher in schools that eventually feed into Wootton such as Travilah, Stone Mill, Dufief and Frost. “I had already been substitute teaching for eight years, when my son started kindergarten I quit my full-time very stressful job and decided to be a substitute teacher and I decided I needed to this because I needed the benefits,” she said. Throughout the nine years she has worked here her best memory involves her son. “My  best memory is when my son graduated in 2011; that was a good year,” she said.Overall, Cunningham takes great joy in all of her responsibilities at school.

Lilly Greenberg

Staff Writer

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