Cynthia Larkin, native Californian, is currently the principal of Morse High School, located in the Skyline/Paradise Hills community of the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD).
Larkin, a dedicated employee of SDUSD since 2000, began her career as a teacher at Morse High School, where she taught English for 13 years and Public Speaking for 6 years. Striving to make the curriculum relevant, rigorous, and engaging for her students, Larkin designed and taught a new course in the district: American Literature through the African American Perspective. Larkin’s new course garnered attention from the San Diego Union Tribune and the California Educator. Larkin was featured in the Tribune on March 6, 2006 and in the California Educator’s October 2006 publication, where she was featured on the cover of the magazine.
Passionate about knowledge and growth, Larkin describes herself as a lifelong learner. To continue her professional growth as an educator, she has participated in numerous professional development opportunities such as: Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), Common Core trainings, Foundation for Critical Thinking, National Center for Urban School Transformation Symposium (NCUST), San Diego Area Writing Project’s Summer Institute, Understanding by Design, and more.
Larkin received her Bachelors of Arts degree in English and Doctorate in Educational Leadership from San Diego State University. She earned her teaching credential and Masters of Arts degree in Curriculum and Instruction from National University. She is also a National Board Certified Teacher in English Language Arts: Adolescence and Young Adulthood.
In 2013, Larkin obtained her Administrative Credential through SDSU/SDUSD Aspiring Administrators Program (Cohort III). Upon completion of the program, SDSU’s Educational Leadership Department awarded Larkin the Learn, Lead, and Transform Outstanding Student Leadership Award. Larkin began her high school administrative career in January 2014, as a Vice Principal at Clairemont High School. In July 2017, Larkin, a devoted Tiger for Life, returned to Morse High School as principal.
As Morse’s principal and instructional leader, Larkin believes that ALL students can thrive and achieve success, on an academic and personal level, both in and out of the classroom, when students are surrounded by nurturing and supportive stakeholders (educators, students, parents, and community members).
In her spare time, Larkin loves spending time with her family and friends; playing card and board games; and putting together jigsaw puzzles.