Cyndie Osborne, MEd | Program Head of Early Childhood Education | Stanly Community College

At the start of her professional endeavors, Cyndie Osborne, M.Ed earned a Bachelor of Arts in child and family development in 1991, followed by a Master of Education in child and family studies from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2004. Abundantly experienced in the field of education, she currently excels as the program head for the early childhood education department at Stanly Community College, a role she commenced in 2019. In her role, Ms. Osborne works to identify and establish needs in her community to provide services to children and families, which includes helping students and teachers in the classroom or launching a childcare facility.

An expert in childhood development and literacy, Ms. Osborne commenced her career with the Robins Air Force Base as a classroom teacher for healthcare in 1988 and a training and curriculum specialist in 1991. Progressing in her skills, she was appointed as a program coordinator for Bright Horizons in 1994 and as the director for Alexander’s Children’s Center in 1995, remaining until 2000. Ms. Osborne went on to serve as a licensing consultant for the North Carolina Division of Child Development from 2000 to 2005 and worked with Easterseals United Cerebral Palsy for eight months.  In 2006, she worked as the online and practicum coordinator for the early childhood education department for Stanly Community College.

Reflecting on his career trajectory, Ms. Osbourne considers her role as an advocate and a member of the North Carolina Early Education Coalition Board as her most notable accomplishment. In addition, serving as president of the North Carolina Early Childhood Faculty Association and leading the state in advocating for those on the frontline in education has been another career highlight. She attributes her success to her family and her passion for education. Looking toward the future, Ms. Osbourne aims to continue focusing on trauma-informed care and working on grants to fund faculty to develop modules to embed in the courses at Stanly Community College.

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