Cynthia Rigsbee, Support Staff, Reading Specialist


My husband is David, a retired Durham police officer/detective/firefighter, and we had the opportunity to Brady Bunch our four kids. The oldest, Heather, lives in Fort Worth, Texas. Next is Kelli who lives right down the highway from Heather in Dallas, Texas. Erin is in Raleigh, and Will is in the big city of Charlotte. Also, we have six grandchildren - Reaghan, Cannon, Taylor, Piper, Baylee, and Stryker. We have a coonhound named Jazzy (Princess Jasmine of the Kingdom Rigsbee) and a cat named Cali that was rescued as a kitten from a storm drain in the rain. Now she bites me when she doesn't get what she wants. 

I majored in English education because I loved school (and my English classes) as a student. Initially, I decided to become a teacher so I could share my love for reading and writing with others. As time went on, I continued to love my subject area, but I also found that I loved my students. Is there a better job in the world than to do the thing you love with the people you love?

I have a bachelor’s degree in Secondary English Education and a master’s in K-12 Literacy, both from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (go Tar Heels!). Also, I'm certified by the National Board for the Professional Teaching Standards in the area of English/Language Arts. I retired with 30 years in education and am back for 30 more!

Of course, reading is my favorite; there's not enough time in the day for all the books! There's also not enough time for shopping! And sitting on the beach. And binge watching Netflix. And baking. I need more time!

One of my favorite poems is "Who Knows If Moon's A Balloon" by e.e. cummings. A part of that poem talks about a place "where always it’s Spring and everyone’s in love and flowers pick themselves." I try to "live" in that place by staying positive and optimistic, striving to inspire others, and encouraging students to follow their dreams.