Cyndi McAuliffe

Cyndi McAuliffe
Lead Teacher


Since 2008, Cyndi McAuliffe has taught full time in the Pre-K/Kindergarten classroom, ages 4.5 to 6. She began her teaching career in 2000, in a 4-year-old classroom in Birmingham, MI. Cyndi graduated from UM-Dearborn with a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education including minors in Language Arts and Math and Elementary Education certification. Presently, Cyndi is in the Masters program at UM-Dearborn working toward her Masters of Arts in Education with a focus in reading and linguistics. She has studied the Reggio Emilia philosophy at the Loris Malaguzzi International Centre in Italy and continually attends professional development to enhance the inclusive education practices here at the ECEC.

On the personal side, Cyndi and her husband have two grown daughters; one works in Nebraska after having earned her Animal Science degree and the other works for a culinary magazine in New York City following her culinary arts degree. Traveling to visit their girls and hiking everywhere in between, along with walking the family dog, keep the McAuliffes on the go.

Key Conference Presentations

  • The Role of Graphic Representation: A Drawing to Learn Classroom Study, Association for Constructivist Teaching Conference, 2014
  • Our Next Challenge: Engineering with Construction Materials, MiAEYC, 2014
  • Shared, Small and Spontaneous Spaces, MiAEYC, 2012
  • A Reggio-Inspired Learning Approach to Inclusive Playgroups, MiAEYC, 2012
  • Sensory Solutions for the Classroom, Making Inclusion Work with Transdisciplinary Teaming, 2010
  • Building Community Beyond the Classroom, MiAEYC, 2010 & Michigan Collaborative Early Childhood Conference, 2010
  • A Constructivist Perspective on Early Childhood Inclusion Practice, Making Inclusion Work with Transdisciplinary Teaming Conference, 2010
  • Building Community Beyond the Classroom, MiAEYC, 2010 & Michigan Collaborative Early Childhood Conference, 2010