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Cindy Morrin

About Me

coun-210-fall-2018.pngAssociate Professor, Counseling
2019 Cuyamaca Teaching Excellence Award Nominee
2007 California Online Teaching Award

I have taught a variety of classes besides COUNSELING courses, including graduate courses in counseling/psychology, ESL (English as a Second Language), Language Arts, Work Experience and more. I’ve worked with underrepresented, first generation college students and also highly gifted students in a variety of settings. I’ve coordinated AVID (Advanced Via Individual Determination) and GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) programs at high schools.

I LOVE technology and have always used technology in my counseling and teaching. I was fascinated with online learning early on and took the time to learn various Learning Management Systems (LMS) to teach online and online pedagogy. I have taught online and hybrid at San Diego Mesa College, National University, Chapman University and most currently, Cuyamaca College. I have been involved in online outreach by being a mentor to faculty and teaching faculty how to teach online. I have served and co-chaired on our Online Teaching and Learning Committee in the past and I have developed and created a number of workshops and procedures to help online teachers. I have won awards for my online teaching and I present at online teaching conferences. 

Psychological type is fascinating to me. I became MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) Certified in 2007. The MBTI is based on Carl Young's theory of personality. Understanding our own personality preferences will help us in choosing a major and a career and how to get along with others (our loved ones, classmates, professors, and working colleagues). I teach the concepts of personality type and the MBTI in my courses. I also present on type at Career Development and Student Success conferences. In addition, I give professional development trainings on type. I am also Strong Interest Inventory Certified. This is an amazing Career Assessment that helps students find their career interests in great detail. We do Strong and MBTI interpretations in my classes.

2018 Committees and Groups I serve:

  • Curriculum Committee
  • Co-Advisor, Phi Theta Kappa
  • Scholarship Committee
  • Student Services Program Review and Planning (SSPRPC) Committee
  • Region X Career Center Director Group
  • Workforce Development Groups

I raised my family in beautiful San Diego and have been very active in my community. My youngest son attends Columbia University Engineering in NYC, Class of 2021. My oldest son graduated Harvard, Class of 2015 and has two Master's Degrees in Music from New England Conservatory of Music (2016) and Berklee College of Music's Global Jazz Institute (2017). 

I LOVE music. My oldest son is an amazing jazz pianist/composer and I have grown to love the variety of music he shares from his bands. You can learn more about Chase at Recent video of Chase's group at TEDx San Diego 2018 (Biotechnology):
TEDx Talk Video 1- From the Stars
TEDx Talk Video 2 - From Us to Somewhere Else
TEDx Talk Video 3 - Rooted Feet

I LOVE to travel. Boston and New York City are rapidly becoming second homes to me because both my boys are living on the East Coast. Other great destinations have included Iceland, Israel and much more to come with my current studies in Global Leadership at Pepperdine. Since my oldest son tours all over the world for his music, I often travel to go see him in concerts. In my travels, I enjoy immersing myself into the culture and getting to know the people. I'm intrigued by the arts, education, workforce and economical systems in different countries.

Cindy in Einstein's classroom at Princeton University 2011Picture of me at Princeton University in Albert Einstein's classroom, teaching on his Blackboard - April 2011

I love quotes and affirmations. Here are a few of my favorites:

"Be daring, be different, be impractical; be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safer's, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary." —Cecil Beaton

The Road to Failure is Acutally the Path of Least Persistence (Ziggy Cartoon)

"Let every obstacle become an opportunity"

Mouse image"We~are~all~connected" - Connect with me at LinkedIN

Thank you for reading about me. I love my career!

Last Updated: 12/10/2018

Training my Career Center Staff

Presenting at the National FYE Conference

Cuyamaca Gradutation

Counseling in my office

Student Awards

Old Counseling Office
My High School Counseling Office - 2004

Degrees and Credentials

Doctoral Student - Education and Psychology 

MA Counseling Education

Pupil Personal Services Credential (to counsel K-12 students in California Public Schools)

BA English, with an emphasis in Creative Writing

Single Subject Teaching Credential (To teach Language Arts in California Public Schools)

Cross Cultural Language Academic Certificate (CLAD)

Distance Counseling Credential

College Counseling Certificate (UCLA)

Strong Interest Inventory Certified

MBTI Certified

Ken Blanchard Leadership Train the Trainer Certified


Community College Program Coordinator/Department Chair, Counselor and Instructor

Career Services Leader/Coordinator

Online Trainer

Graduate Counseling Educator and Supervisor

High School Guidance Counselor

Coordinated AVID
(a program to help underrepresented students prepare for college)

Coordinated GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) programs and served on the district's Task Force

Taught English and ESL

  • Grossmont
  • Cuyamaca
A Member of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District