Cindy Lucht, Interventionist

Cindy Lucht came to the Relief Nursery with 32 years of experience working in the education field. She began her career in a school setting as a teaching assistant in regular education and as a paraprofessional in special education, both in Ontario and LaGrande. After earning her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, she worked as the Special Education teacher at LaGrande High School in the Life Skills Learning Center.

Married with two adult children, Cindy and her husband returned to Ontario after living in LaGrande for 21 years, to be near her mother. Her passion for children with special needs grew from her own experience as the mother of two albino children who are both legally blind. Today, her son works for a company that contracts with nonprofit organizations and medical facilities to install and service computer systems. Her daughter has a master’s degree in Special Education and works in an elementary school.

Cindy has attended various trainings over the years: Bal-A-Vis_x, Brain Gym, Social Skills training, Picture Exchange Communication Systems, Handwriting Without Tears, Applied Behavior Analysis, Pivotal Response Training, Sensory Integration, Discreet Trail Training, Social Story Writing, Sign Language, and many others. She also was a member of the Oregon TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) Consulting Team, based at the Teaching Research Institute in Eugene.

“My experience has taught me that kids learn, just at their own rate, when there exists a connection between the child and the ‘teacher,’ whether it be in the home or school setting,” she says. “Seeing the look on a child’s face when he or she finally ‘gets it,’ or has accomplished a practice skill, brings me such joy.”