Executive Director of Special Services Retires

Executive Director of Special Services Retires
Posted on 12/19/2019
This is the image for the news article titled Executive Director of Special Services RetiresAfter leading Clear Creek ISD’s Special Services Department for almost 10 years, Executive Director Dr. Cynthia Short is retiring on December 20. It is the culmination of an extensive career dedicated to serving children with special needs.

Even as a young child, Dr. Short knew she wanted to become a teacher and work with children with special needs. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A&M University, a Master’s degree in Special Education from Sam Houston State University, and a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from Baylor University.

“After teaching for a number of years in both general education and special education, I became a diagnostician and learned so much more about special education,” she said. “It was then that I decided I wanted to be a voice for students receiving special education services, not only at my school, but at the district level.”

Before arriving at CCISD, Dr. Short was the director of special services in Tomball ISD for four years, the director of special education in Montgomery, Alabama, for one year, and the director of special education in Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD for two years.

In her current position, she has been responsible for ensuring the provision of required special services for students with disabilities includes the development of innovative instructional programming throughout the district.

She has also helped build the capacity of those who serve students with disabilities by designing professional learning and training opportunities and she oversees the budget, compliance, and administrative procedures for the department.

Additionally, she was instrumental in approving the formation of the new Special Education Parent Resource Center located at the Learner Support Center, which opened earlier this year.

Parent Resource Center Specialist Paula Marshall was hired to oversee its creation and she will be forever grateful for the opportunity Dr. Short has given her.

“Developing the Parent Resource Center has given me the opportunity to be part of something bigger, something unique, and something needed in this district,” Marshall said. “It has allowed me to combine my creativity with my love of education to assist parents who are navigating the sometimes complex world of special education.”

Director of Special Education Programs Cynthia Peltier has also appreciated working alongside Dr. Short in the Special Services Department and has learned from her approach to the students they serve.

“What is most invaluable is her mentorship,” Peltier said. “She is a servant leader who has taught me to always remember why we do what we do. To see a student succeed makes every day in this job a dream come true.”

Besides growing relationships with parents and students to address their needs, Dr. Short will miss the colleagues she has worked with for many years.

“I have enjoyed working with people in the department and across the district to improve services for students with disabilities,” Dr. Short said. “I will miss the camaraderie and collaborative working environment of CCISD.”

Her post-retirement plans include joining a consulting firm in January to continue growing and learning in the area of special education, which has been her passion for so many years. She is also looking forward to spending more time traveling and with her family and friends.
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