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This Is Your Life

September 12, 2008 1 min read

Cindi Rigsbee, North Carolina teacher of the year, recounts her emotional appearance on Good Morning America, during which she was reunited with her long-lost, inspirational 1st grade teacher.

For the next few seconds, as the video footage is showing me gasp and run to hug her, I am no longer Cindi Rigsbee, Teacher of the Year. Instead I am Cindy Cole, first grader at Bragtown Elementary, and my emotions are no longer contained, even if all America is watching! …
One thing I want to remember forever: during the piece and after - there were very few people in that room who weren't crying. From the studio audience to the crew to my big manly husband, there was barely a dry eye in the studio! And as I tried to manuever my way back to the dressing room to get my things, I was stopped repeatedly by folks from the editing room and other places in the building who were crying and wanting to tell me about their special teachers.

Rigsbee reflects on her experience and reminds teachers of the significant impact they have on their students’ lives.

I hope that my story of Mrs. Warnecke will be a reminder of the importance of our jobs and that we must understand that impact with every lesson we plan and every comment we make to a student.

A version of this news article first appeared in the Blogboard blog.

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