Cindi Rigsbee was elected North Carolina teacher of the year 3 times and she was one of the four finalists for the National Teacher of the Year 2009. She says that she earned this thanks to her memories of her own great teacher which she has never forgotten. And to show her appreciation for what she learned, Cindi did something very special.
On a certain day, Cindi Rigsbee saw an announcement on the program -Good Morning America, inviting people to let them know if they want to thank someone who has made a difference in their life. And this was the reason why Cindi sent an e-mail and explained the influence that Mrs. Warnecke had on her when she was Cindi’s first-grade teacher. They were invited on the show in New York for a surprise thank you for the teacher that changed her life. When they saw each other, they became very emotional and renewed their relationship.
In her book ˜finding Mrs. Warnecke’, Cindi tells the entire story of how she was influenced by her first-grade teacher Barbara Warnecke. She still remembers the way of teaching of Mrs. Warnecke and how kind she was. Cindi still uses these memories as an example of how she should give courses. Furthermore, she tells the entire story of how she reconnected with Mrs. Warnecke and since they renewed their friendship, there are special quotes from Barbara Warnecke at the beginning of each chapter.
˜Finding Mrs. Warnecke’ is a striking story of ˜the good and the bad’ days of Cindi from when she was a student to the days as a teacher to her work now as an advocate for other teachers. The novel can help teachers who want to make a positive impact in their classroom. The story tells that everyone has a special teacher that made a difference in their childhood and it is a perfect way to start Teacher Appreciation Week.
Here you can find the video of the show where they reunite