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More About This Title Finding Mrs. Warnecke: The Difference Teachers Make
In Fall 2008 Cindi and Barbara were reunited on Good Morning America; the show's producers had tracked Barbara down and brought both women on-set for a tearful reunion. Barbara was floored at this attention--she had no idea she could have made such an impact on a former student's life. As Cindi travels around talking with new and veteran educators, she is always approached by audience members who are moved to tears and want to share the story of the "Mrs. Warnecke" in their own lives. Finding Mrs. Warnecke not only tells the story of this teacher who made a lifelong impact on her students, it illustrates the importance of the teacher/student relationship in the classroom, and offers principles for other teachers to follow to make a positive impact in their own classrooms.
Cindi Rigsbee, M.Ed., is a veteran teacher with more than 20 years of experience in the classroom. As the 2008 North Carolina Teacher of the Year, she traveled 10,000 miles around her home state speaking to teachers on the impact educators have on their students. Rigsbee writes frequently for teachermagazine.org and has a popular blog called The Dream Teacher(thedreamteacher.blogspot.com). She was one of four finalists for the prestigious 2009 National Teacher of the Year Award.
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ONE Looking for Stars 1
TWO Finding My Way 19
THREE Finding the Connections 35
FOUR Exploring the Magic 53
FIVE Searching for Strength 79
SIX Bringing Dreams to Light 95
SEVEN Finding Mrs. Warnecke 107
EIGHT Reflecting on the Meaning 125
Everyone Has a Mrs. Warnecke 141