FRC Spotlight: Cindy Putman - Project Manager for WCTE Ready To Learn

Cindy Putman began as a volunteer at her PBS station, WCTE Upper Cumberland PBS in Cookeville, TN. In 2000, she had the opportunity to be a part time education associate while still maintaining a full time career as an elementary school teacher.  In 2014, she became project manager for Ready To Learn, a national initiative focused on early learning and school readiness.

"My classroom has grown from a class of 25 to a school district of over 11,000 students," Cindy said. "My days are spent working with teachers, parents, and children sharing the resources that PBS KIDS has created to help all children enter school Ready To Learn."

Cindy's most recent Ready To Learn project has been coordinating WCTE's Odd Squad Be The Agent Camp. Each day the students participate in problem-solving activities using math and reasoning skills. The Odd Squad campers receive a special problem-solving mission each day delivered by the head of Odd Squad, Ms. O.

"I love the show and how clever the characters are at engaging kids to learn new math skills," Cindy said. "I enjoy seeing students get excited about math, and hearing them say they were bad at math, but Odd Squad Camp helped them feel successful."

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