ABOUT CYNTHIA SAUER WEST M.A. and Ed. M. Columbia University B.A. University of Tennessee
Qualifications and Experience
Cynthia's background has been almost completely focused on education. Along with her teaching of English and History, she has held positions as a college counselor, school dean, and high school principal. In addition, Cynthia worked as a speech and grant writer for Princeton University. She is also a Fulbright Exchange Fellow, spending a year at the Antwerp International School in Belgium teaching the International Baccalaureate curriculum and researching World War I and World War II landscape memorials. Following that experience, she created a short documentary video, Remembrance and Reconciliation based on Carl Sandburg's war poem, Grass. Additionally, Cynthia contributed a chapter and video to the iBook, Bringing the Great War Home, produced by the University of North Carolina, Virginia Tech, and The American Battle Monuments Commission.
Cynthia has had the privilege of tutoring and advising students from many diverse backgrounds, and has been inspired by their willingness to take on the challenge of finding their own voice. Some of the universities to which her students have been accepted are Brandeis, Carnegie Mellon, Claremont McKenna, Columbia, Duke, Elon, Emory, Johns Hopkins, Oberlin, Penn State, Princeton, Tufts, U. of California, Riverside, U. North Carolina, U. of Pennsylvania, and U. of Richmond.
In her earlier years, Cynthia played competitive tennis and enjoyed a decade as a teaching pro. She is a Life Member of the United States Tennis Association and the International Tennis Hall of Fame, and a certified professional with the Professional Tennis Registry. Cynthia has been dedicated to working in Media Services for the Connecticut Open, the Winston Salem Open, and for the last several years the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.
Cynthia serves on the board of the Palm Springs Writers Guild, and is completing her first novel, First Serve. When she is not tutoring or writing, she can be found biking, hiking, and volunteering for the Disabled American Veterans and the P.E.O. Sisterhood.