Lead Strong Staff Spotlight: Cindy Doerr

This school year, we will be sharing a Lead Strong Staff Spotlight. Each month, you’ll meet an Affton Schools staff member and see how they help make us Affton Strong. Our Lead Strong Staff Spotlight for December is:

Cindy Doerr, instructional staff assistant at Gotsch Intermediate

How long have you been with Affton Schools? I’ve been here eight years as an Instructional Staff Assistant, and I was a substitute teacher in the district for eight years before that. I actually attended kindergarten and high school in Affton, and all four of my kids attended Affton Schools, too.

Tell us about your job. What do you do, and what do you like best? Even though I have a set schedule, I rarely follow it. Every day is different, so while I may have recess and cafeteria duty every day, I might get pulled into a classroom to cover for a teacher. I do whatever teachers ask, like working with individual students or small groups on reading or math skills. I especially like special projects, like designing bulletin boards or helping teachers bring their ideas to action, and I really like that it’s not the same thing every day.

The best part of my job is that I get to primarily work with 3rd grade. I get to know all the kids while they’re in 3rd grade, so I still know the 4th graders and the 5th graders. I get to know everybody, and get to see how they grow, develop, and progress while they’re here at Gotsch.

I really love the fact that I’m now the grandma figure — I get lots of hugs. I love hugs!

Tell us a little about your family. Who supports you? My husband and I have four children, three sons and a daughter, as well as two very lovely daughters-in-law, one of which is brand new as of November, and two darling granddaughters, who are almost 4 and 2. They are all very supportive and my kids are very good about stepping in and helping out when we need them. I love them all dearly.

What’s your favorite memory from your time in Affton? I love Third Grade Olympics! I’ve been one of the organizers for 20 years, and I look forward to it every single year. It’s just so special! When the kids get to see what it’s all about, they’re all so animated, cheering for each other, and there are always amazing displays of sportsmanship. It’s just so magical! Even my kids and others that have grown up, come back and say that Third Grade Olympics was amazing and one of their favorite memories from school.

What’s one thing you wish everyone knew about Affton Schools? I’ve grown up in Affton all my life, and when I was little, Affton was just another public school. You always heard about great things from other, bigger school districts, but never anything about Affton. I think we’re now in competition with these other districts, and I love the fact that our technology and academics have grown to the level that we can compete. I love how diversified we are, and the awesome mix of kids we have. I wish people would know that Affton School District is changing — and for the better!