Dedication to Cindy Shields

Mural unveiling

On April 7, 2022 there was a dedication ceremony for one of our beloved ASL teachers, Cindy Shields. The memoriam took place in the J building where a student designed and painted mural was revealed. 

Rose Haunreiter was one of the coordinators and one of Mrs. Shields dearest friends. Mrs. Haunreiter enlightened the room about this “special and incredible woman” who introduced American Sign Language as a world language at HBHS and taught Deaf and Hard of Hearing students. 

Cindy Shields sadly passed away two years ago and two of her children, along with a multitude of her students, friends, and the deaf community as a whole were at the memoriam. Cindy “dedicated her life to serving others and truly loved her family, friends, and the Oiler students and staff.” When she had to start wearing a fanny pack of medication on Friday, for her chemotherapy treatment, her students supported her fight against cancer by creating “fanny pack Fridays.” Cindy was loved by her students! 

Cindy with students

The mural was designed and painted by the students, the people Cindy loved, and Mrs. Haunreiter expressed that “because of the years she put in, [they] wanted to dedicate that wall to her so people would not forget the years she put into this school and the ASL community.” The mural symbolized what she loved most in life: her family, ASL, traveling with the Spanish Club, the ocean and outdoors, theater performances, and playing card games. Cindy didn’t like being the center of attention, but she “would be overjoyed and humbled to know that the HBHS Art students created and painted this mural in her memory.”

The memoriam event centered around the mural revealing that was created by Matt Harward and his Art students. The hallway was filled with the World Language teachers, deaf and hard of hearing students, and Cindy’s family. Mrs. Haunreiter truly does not believe that anyone “has an unkind thing to say about her” because “she could light up a room with her laugh and smile” and “always had a kind, uplifting and encouraging word for others - her kindness and generosity was legendary.” Cindy will forever be remembered as “a humble and fearless warrior and an advocate for all her students and those without a



Article by Kayley Cawhorn

Event Images by Arpita Veera