Introducing New Assistant Principal Cyndi Selcho
Posted on 11/03/2016
Posted on 08/23/2016
It may have taken Cyndi Selcho 26 years, but the Lynden High School graduate has returned to work in the district she grew up in.
Selcho, the new assistant principal at Lynden Middle School, was a Lynden Schools product, attending from kindergarten through 12th grade, graduating in 1990. And while Selcho has ventured from Lynden in the past—she has taught high school in California’s Bay Area and elementary school in Las Vegas—she has also been close to home for the last decade, living in Lynden and working in the Blaine School District since 2006.
“My husband got an opportunity to transfer up here (10 years ago) and we moved back here,” Selcho says. And while Selcho and her family were able to integrate into Lynden life in 2006, it wasn’t until this summer she was able to bring the return full circle by accepting the job at the middle school. “I had such a positive experience growing up in Lynden and going through Lynden Schools,” she says. “There were so many opportunities to get involved in school and I wanted to be a part of that again.”
Selcho has spent her time in Blaine teaching eighth grade language arts and social studies, but also working as the district’s assessment coordinator and running Blaine’s AVID, a college preparatory program.
“I love middle schoolers,” she says, “there is so much potential there. I really think it is one of the most important times in your life. A lot of decisions are made in middle school that impacts the rest of life. If I can start getting kids to think about their future in middle school, I can have a positive impact.”
As Selcho transitions into her new role in Lynden, she spent the summer venturing into the office and trying to ease into the new role. “Right now I’m just thinking about ways to get kids and staff excited about school,” she says. “That first month is about getting to know everyone and establishing relationships. My role is to support the learning that is happening in the school, to make sure everyone is safe and reach their potential, teachers and students.”
But even as Selcho serves in her first full-time administrative role, she’ll have years of experience behind her. “I’ve been a teacher for 17 years so I don’t think I’ll ever stop being a teacher,” she says. “I'm approaching things that way. I’m also a parent, so when approaching discipline and making that phone call to parents, I’ll remember what it is like to be on the other side. Being a teacher has really impacted (my new position).”
With her two kids in Lynden Schools—a daughter entering the middle school in sixth grade and a son at Isom Elementary—Selcho will have the chance to do something with her daughter she hasn’t been able to do much in her life: “I’m excited to take her to school on her first day of school.”
After 26 years, Selcho’s return to Lynden Schools brings her completely home.
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