Cindy Hill

Special Education Teacher, Compass Montessori Wheat Ridge Campus
Picture of Cindy Hill with her son

I grew up on a farm in Zimbabwe, when I was born it was called Rhodesia. My mother home schooled all of her four children, then we went to boarding school, it was safer as we were very isolated and there was a civil war in Rhodesia. We eventually moved into Harare, which is the capital of Zimbabwe. My Mother purchased a nursery school and I spent all my school vacations working in her school, which I loved.

 

After completing my high school education in Zimbabwe, I attended college for one year, where I did a secretarial course (this was pretty normal for the girls in Africa!) I then went back packing around Africa, Asia, Europe and America, for three years. In this time I also worked with adults and youths with disabilities. I attended night school and obtained my A ‘level psychology and biology.

 

I returned to Africa, and continued working in the caring field, mainly with the elderly. After getting married, I moved to Durban, South Africa, where I worked for a Social Agency, as a Social Work Assistant, working with the elderly and physically and mentally challenged. I enrolled into University, where I completed my Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in psychology and sociology. I also completed a two year accreditation in Social Work. To supplement our income, in the evening I managed a restaurant for many years.

 

After the birth of our first child we moved to England, where I worked with adults and youths with special needs. We had a second child and moved to the USA, with my husband’s work. We have been here since 2003. In 2005 we had our third child, who was born with Down syndrome, he is a joy. Sadly in 2007, my husband was diagnosed with cancer and died eight months later; this was a huge loss in our lives. I made a decision to go back to school to do my Masters. I attended the University of Northern Colorado, where I completed my MA in Special Education. I learned so much, not only as a teacher but as a parent. I have been working at Compass Montessori, at the Wheat Ridge Campus, since January 2011.