At the time of the award, social studies teacher Cindy P. Wilson was making government come alive for her students at Orofino High School in Orofino. Mrs. Wilson initiated Joint School District #171's participation in the "We the People" competition, a national program coordinated by Rutgers University's Center for Civic Education, through which students participate in simulated legislative hearings. She helped her students win this competition at the state level for five years. Her students often traveled with her to the law library at the University of Idaho to conduct research on various topics. Mrs. Wilson was a leader in Orofino outside the classroom as well, serving on the school district's curriculum committee and hosting community round table discussions and political debates. For six years Mrs. Wilson taught American Government at Centennial High School in Boise, Idaho. She worked on international human rights lessons and traveled with the Idaho Human Rights Education Center after which she implemented a Citizenship in the 21st Century class in the West Ada School District. She served on the Idaho Governor's Education Reform Task Force and retired from public school after teaching AP American Government and Economics at Capital High School in Boise, Idaho. She currently serves on the Idaho Law Foundation, Law Related Education Committee, which promotes civic learning around the state, the State YMCA Youth Government Committee, and Teach Idaho Board. Recently, Mrs. Wilson won the Concordia Law School Leaders in Action award. Currently, she does contract work on professional development in civics and mentors new teachers at the College of Southern Idaho.
The Lewiston Tribune | Sep 19, 2018 | Lewiston, ID
1981 Boise State University, B.A.
Concordia Leaders in Action Award, 2017, Idaho Human Rights Educator of the Year Award 2011, Meridian School District Teacher of the Year 2011, Idaho Humanities Council, Outstanding Teacher of the Humanities Award 2013