Ready To Learn Project Manager
WCTE and Putnam County School System
Cynthia Putman is a native of Cookeville, Tennessee. An educator in the Putnam County School System for 23 years, she has taught third, fourth, fifth and sixth grades in the Upper Cumberland region. For the past fifteen years, she has also worked in some capacity with WCTE-TV, the local PBS affiliate in the region. For much of that time, she served as a part-time education and community engagement associate, leading workshops and spearheading educational initiatives in the community. In 2014, she wrote and was awarded a Cooperation of Public Broadcasting Ready To Learn grant through the school system to fund a new position for herself as a Ready To Learn Learning Tools Facilitator. In her new position, she creates a vital bridge between the education and outreach efforts of WCTE and the already in-place infrastructure of the school system. She is passionate about making a difference in the lives of children and families in rural Middle Tennessee. Putman’s work with the Community Collaborative Early Learning Media Members was honored with the 2018 TN Governor’s Award For Excellence in Early Foundations. Cynthia is a graduate of Tennessee Technological University with a B.S. in Elementary Education and the host of a weekly radio show that addresses educational topics for families across the Upper Cumberland.