About Our Authors
Cindy McKinley is a parent, a teacher, and a writer. She grew up in Milford, Michigan, and has lived there for about 40 years, attending Huron Valley Schools. Cindy has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in the Teaching of Reading from Eastern Michigan University. She taught lower elementary for seven years, also in Huron Valley Schools, both at Kurtz Elementary and Country Oaks Elementary. Her children attended the very same elementary, middle school, and high school as she did!
She now tutors children of all ages in the community and teaches English at Oakland Community College in Royal Oak. She’s been teaching for over 25 years.
In 2002 her first book, a children’s book called One Smile, was published. It won the Benjamin Franklin award that year. In 2013 her second children’s book, One Voice, came out. It immediately won the Preferred Choice Award and the Carol Reiser Award. Both books show how simple random acts of kindness can change the world.
That same year, 365 Teacher Secrets for Parents: Fun Ways to Help Your Child Succeed in Elementary School came out, a book she co-wrote with teacher and long-time friend Patti Trombly. This book is full of fun and easy ways parents can work with their young kids on all academic subjects and more!
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