Alumni News

Cindi Rigsbee (A.B.Ed. '79, M.Ed. '03) named North Carolina Teacher of the Year

Cindi Rigsbee, a sixth- and seventh-grade reading resource teacher at Gravelly Hill Middle School in Orange County, was named the 2008-2009 North Carolina Teacher of the Year. The award was presented April 29, 2008, at a banquet in Raleigh. 

Since becoming a North Carolina public school teacher in 1979, Rigsbee has taught middle school language arts, reading, drama and dance at schools in five different school systems. She was named Durham Public Schools Teacher of the Year in 1996-97 and Regional Teacher of the Year in 1998.

She posts the message, “I believe in you,” for her students in the front of her classroom. "And they know I do," she wrote in an article, "Positively Teaching," published in Teacher Magazine in February.

During the coming school year, Rigsbee will travel around the state on behalf of the teaching profession. In addition, she will be an adviser to the State Board of Education.

The N.C. Department of Public Instruction conducts the selection process annually for the Teacher of the Year recognition program, the state’s most prestigious honor for teachers. This year, AT&T is sponsoring the program in North Carolina for the first time.

The selection process began in February 2007, when nominees were named by their schools. Rigsbee will now become North Carolina’s nominee for the National Teacher of the Year.