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Cindy Morrin

Cindy Morrin's Instructional and Counseling Biography

Associate Professor, Counseling
2007 California Online Teaching Award

I am currently our Faculty Career Center Counselor Coordinator at Cuyamaca College.

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.

As a former high school counselor, I loved working with that population and it is now rewarding seeing them start college. I love helping students go to college to pursue or find their passion to launch a successful career and a successful life. I believe it is important for us to discover what we are passionate about so that we will LOVE what we do!

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.

2017 Committees and Groups I serve:

  • Workforce Development Committee for the college and the region of San Diego
  • Region X Career Center Director's Group

I am raising a family in beautiful San Diego and am very active in my community and my children's programs. My high school senior will be attending Columbia University Engineering this fall, 2017. My 23 year old son graduated Harvard in 2015 and on a second master's degree at Berklee College of Music in Boston.

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

I LOVE to travel and now that I am about to be empty-nested, hope to travel quite a bit more. Most of my travels have consisted of visiting Boston and New York City as my children live (will be living) there. Other great destinations have included Iceland, Israel and Mexico. 

Cindy in Einstein's classroom at Princeton University 2011

Picture 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-safers,
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"


Last Updated: 09/20/2017

Office photo

Visiting College Campuses 2011
Visiting college campuses 2011

Old Counseling Office
My old Counseling Office - 2004

Degrees and Credentials

M.A. Counseling Education

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

B.A. 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)

MBTI Certified

Ken Blanchard Leadership Train the Trainer Certified


Community College Program Coordinator/Department Chair, Counselor and Instructor

Graduate Counseling Educator and Supervisor

Private College Admissions Consultant

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

Professional Organizations

Association of Psychological Type International (APTi)

California Association of the Gifted

Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted

American School Counselor Association

National Association of Admissions Counseling

American Association of University Women

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