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 the past six years Mrs. Wilson has been teaching 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, where she serves on the Education Committee. She currently serves as Chairman of the Idaho Law Foundation, Law Related Education Committee, which promotes civic learning around the state. She helped implement a Citizenship in the 21st Century class in Meridian School District. Recently, Mrs. Wilson has been serving on the Idaho Governor's Education Reform Task Force and working on other education reforms throughout the state. She will be teaching at Capital High School in Boise School District beginning in the fall of 2013.
The Lewiston Tribune | Sep 19 , 2018 | Lewiston, ID
1981 Boise State University, B.A.
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