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Cindy Merrilees is an experienced second grade teacher and an outstanding national presenter. As a seasoned second grade teacher, Cindy understands the realities of teaching second grade and has collected a wealth of practical and timesaving strategies that helped her students meet and exceed second grade expectations. In addition, Cindy is the author of several books including Strengthen Your Instruction in SECOND GRADE: Practical, Research-Based Strategies You Can Use Immediately, the extensive resource handbook you will receive at the seminar.

Cindy’s experience, practical ideas and humor make her seminars lively and filled with ready-to-use strategies and ideas. Not only will she give you research-based ideas, she will also give you numerous options for organizing and managing your second grade program. You won’t want to miss this fast-paced day with Cindy!

What Your Colleagues Say About Your Instructor

Cindy has great energy and held your interest the entire day. She presented great ideas to take back to the classroom and use tomorrow.” – Barbara Cooper, 2nd Grade Teacher

“I really enjoyed this workshop. I learned strategies and activities that I know will really work in my second grade classroom. I’m excited to use these strategies immediately when I return.” – Beth Bell, 2nd Grade Teacher

Cindy did a wonderful job giving practical, yet exciting ideas, which can easily be implemented into any curriculum. I found her seminar to be informative and easy to apply.” – Amy Anderson, 2nd Grade Teacher

“What an excellent and very practical seminar! Cindy really encouraged me to be creative with the children and to pass on a love for reading and writing. She made the day worthwhile. Thank you.” – Sharon Harder, 2nd Grade ELA

“I learned a lot from this seminar. Cindy is very knowledgeable and has lots of great ideas! Thank you!” – Jessica LeBrun, 2nd Grade Teacher

“Fantastic! A great combo of humor and knowledge that I can use tomorrow in my classroom. Thanks so much!” – Suzanne Sylvester, 2nd Grade Teacher

Cindy is very enthusiastic and motivated. I like the practical, hands-on ideas. The day flew by.” – Chris Querbes, Teacher

Awesome workshop filled with many new ideas!” – Julia Enghasuer, 2nd Grade Teacher

“I am so motivated to go back to my classroom and revamp my schedule! Cindy gave me the tools to incorporate writing easily into my day. I thoroughly enjoyed this seminar. Thank you.” – Susan Green, 2nd Grade Teacher

Cindy was excellent. You can tell she really loves teaching. Great ideas to use in my second grade classroom. They were practical and easy to implement.” – Deborah Dailey, 2nd Grade Teacher

“Lots of useful ideas that I can use immediately in the classroom. One of the best workshops I have attended. This will make a big impact on my second grade classroom.– Samantha J. York, 2nd Grade Teacher

“Awesome workshop with numerous practical ideas on reading and writing!” – Erica Eakes, 2nd Grade Teacher

I truly appreciated the practical strategies that were modeled and presented to use today. Thank you Cindy, you are truly a great speaker to listen to.” – Amber Baran, 2nd Grade Teacher