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MSP2 Online Book Club Discussion - Finding Mrs. Warnecke

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Time: February 9, 2011 from 7pm to 8pm
Location: Elluminate Online
Website or Map: http://tinyurl.com/partcipate…
Event Type: webinar
Organized By: Kim Lightle
Latest Activity: Dec 14

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Our next selection is Finding Mrs. Warnecke: The Difference Teachers Make. You can also read it online at SCRIBD.com for free at http://www.scribd.com/doc/26989562/Finding-Mrs-Warnecke-The-Difference-Teachers-Make.


Let's meet online on Wednesday, February 9, 2010 at 7pm EST - click on http://tinyurl.com/participateMSP2 to join the webinar.


Review from My Carolina Today Book Club: Finding Mrs. Warnecke tells the inspiring story of Cindi Rigsbee, a three-time Teacher of the Year, and Barbara Warnecke, the first-grade teacher who had a profound and lasting impact on Cindi’s life. Cindi, an insecure child who craved positive attention, started her first-grade year with a teacher who was emotionally abusive and played favorites in the classroom. Two months into the school year, her principal came into the classroom and announced that half the students were being moved to another classroom–a dank, windowless basement room, with a young and inexperienced teacher.  This change turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to Cindi.  Her new teacher, Mrs. Warnecke, made learning come alive for her students.  She went overboard caring for each child, made her classroom “magical,” and encouraged students to pursue their dreams.  Although Cindi was reluctant to explore her creativity as a student, Mrs. Warnecke encouraged her to read and write poetry, which became a lifelong passion.  The two kept in touch for several years but lost track of each other when Mrs. Warnecke moved out of state. Cindi spent many years trying to reconnect so she could thank Mrs. Warnecke for making such a difference in her life, but to no avail.  Eventually Cindi became a teacher herself, and thirty years later she has taught more than 2,000 children and been named Teacher of the Year for her home state.  She later came to realize that all those years she wasn’t really trying to track down Barbara Warnecke, but rather, she was trying to “find Mrs. Warnecke” within herself.

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