Director of Technical Assistance, CAST
As Director of Technical Assistance at CAST, Cynthia Curry oversees projects that build the capacity of education agencies to improve outcomes for individuals with disabilities. With an emphasis on increasing inclusive uses of technology in education and career training, Cynthia ensures that CAST’s technical assistance is grounded in evidence-based practices, adult learning theory, and strategic partnerships.
Cynthia was an environmental engineer for five years before pursuing her interest in science education. Teaching sparked a passion for creating inclusive learning environments. She went on to work on two NSF-funded projects to increase the number of students with disabilities who pursue STEM in college and careers. For ten years, she was a statewide integration mentor with the Maine Learning Technology Initiative, partnering with Apple to train teachers on how to implement one-to-one learning technology in inclusive classrooms. For Maine CITE, the state’s Assistive Technology Act Project, she led statewide training and technical assistance on the implementation of the NIMAS provision. As director of a U.S. Department of Education personnel development grant at the University of Southern Maine, Cynthia led the university’s teacher preparation initiative to integrate general and special education program pathways. Just prior to joining CAST, she was the coordinator of Disability Services at the University of New England.