Cynthia Ambrose has experience as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal and has formerly served as a Chief Academic Officer, Assistant Superintendent, and Deputy Superintendent in large districts in Virginia and South Carolina.
Having been trained a Baldrige National Examiner, Cindy has led work to implement continuous improvement processes in districts in which she has worked. She has been instrumental in the development of systems to effectively and efficiently monitor student progress and in building teacher collaboration opportunities to collectively problem-solve rather than applying one-size fits all solutions to challenges in the classroom.
In 2011, she was named South Carolina’s School District Administrator of the Year, and has served as a Lexington Institute’s LELA Fellow Mentor. Ms. Ambrose holds a bachelor’s and two masters’ degrees from the University of South Carolina. She also holds an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Coastal Carolina University.
She was recently among a small group of current and aspiring superintendents from across the nation invited to attend the inaugural Stanford EdLEADers Program at Stanford University. The program, taught jointly by the Graduate Schools of Business and Education, consists of study in the areas of leading for equity, organizational change, negotiations, and improving student learning.
Ms. Ambrose is currently facilitating the work of the Low Country Education Consortium(LCEC) as these districts are collaborating to build a framework that serves as a readiness pathway designed to measure the knowledge, skills, and dispositions students will need to be college and career ready. This regional readiness framework is aligned to the needs of business and industry in the area. The LCEC has the support of business and industry, the Charleston Metro Area Chamber of Commerce, as well as the local philanthropic community.
Ms. Ambrose helped launch one of the first virtual school programs in South Carolina over a decade ago, and also helped develop, implement, and refine virtual programs in two other districts in Virginia and South Carolina. She is dedicated to high-quality virtual learning and has experience with online learning at the graduate level both as a student and as an adjunct professor. Her current passion is utilizing Quality Matters tools in online course development and review.