For the second year in a row, a teacher from Indio was selected as one of four 2021 Riverside County Teachers of the year. Not only has Allison Cyr taught at Lyndon B. Johnson Elementary for more than six years, she is also a graduate of Indio High School.
Born to be a Teacher
Cyr comes from a family of educators. Her mother works at a local school, her sister teaches third grade in a neighboring school district, and her grandmother and aunt are also teachers. "My grandmother taught me that a little kindness goes a long way, and the importance of a giving spirit."
The process to become "Teacher of the Year" involved two rounds of interviews and teaching a lesson on Zoom.
"My principal said he wanted to have a meeting with me on Zoom, and when I logged on, there were all of our Superintendents!" Cyr described.
"I'm very passionate about what I do, and I believe that one person can make a difference, and I go in to work every day, looking at, 'How can I make this day even better than the day before?'"
Twenty4Change and Community Service
Beyond her work with students in the classroom, Cyr created a program, called "Twenty4Change," with the mission of providing $20 or 20 minutes to change a life. She uses her platform as a teacher to create community service projects to ignite compassion "not just for those around you, but even for strangers. You never know what your story is going to do for someone else."
In the ultimate act of generosity, Cyr also donated a kidney to a teacher at Indio High School to save his life.