Cindy Slovacek received a bachelor's degree in elementary education with a specialization in Physical Education from Southwest Texas State University. She has been teaching for 27 years. Slovacek teaches sixth-grade social studies, seventh-grade Texas History, eighth-grade American History, and Physical Education in grades K-8. She has written the teaching unit Open for Business and the history game Trek Across America. Her philosophy is that teaching should be student oriented as much as possible. She believes that if a student is having fun and is involved in the activity, he or she will enjoy learning as well as retain the information better. She also believes that a teacher's major goal is to develop responsible and good citizens for the future. Students need to take responsibility for their learning, and this is encouraged if they are involved in activities that are fun as well as educational.