Mrs. Laura Rigby Receives Teaching Award

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Congratulations to Mrs. Laura Rigby, a Science teacher at De La Salle since 2007, who is De La Salle’s  2015-2016 Archdiocesan Excellence in Teaching award winner.  

Mrs. Rigby was selected as the DLS Nominee for the Award by the DLS Faculty. She teaches College Prep Biology, Honors Biology, and Honors Anatomy and Physiology 1 and 2; she has also taught Advanced Placement Biology.

Principal Patrick Adams said, “Laura Rigby is an exemplary teacher for all the right reasons. She loves her students, she is passionate about her subject matter, and she is a great steward of our Lasallian mission. We love Laura!”

“I love coming to work where everyone is united and committed to doing what is right for our boys,” said Mrs. Rigby. “I feel so flattered to receive this award and have been truly blessed to be able to teach at De La Salle. I am proud to be a part of a staff that cares deeply, takes personal responsibility for student success and well-being, and does what needs to be done without question.”

A 1988 Summa Cum Laude graduate of Wayne State University, Mrs. Rigby entered the Wayne State University School of Medicine, graduating with honors and distinction in 1993, and with a Doctor of Medicine degree. She had high scores on the Medical National Board Examination.

But despite her medical training, she found herself drawn to teaching. She said, “Growing up I was drawn to teaching and often found myself tutoring friends and family members. I just naturally loved helping people to learn and understand deeply.

“Even through medical school, I found myself searching for cool ways to understand, remember, and tutor friends through the avalanche of information that was constantly careening our way.

“I found medical school to be ridiculously interesting and the physiology of the body to be awe-inspiring and I excelled academically. Unfortunately, at the same time, medicine did not feel like ‘my thing.’  Although I was really unhappy, I didn’t want to let anyone down. I felt like I was stuck on the hamster wheel. Jumping off at high velocity is not easy to do. It took me a while to make the decision to leave. In retrospect, it is the best decision I have ever made.”

Mrs. Rigby then pursued a Master’s Program in teaching through Oakland University, and earned her secondary certification in 2007, concentrating on Biology and Chemistry.

“Today, I feel blessed to be able to share my  knowledge and experiences with the boys through my Anatomy and Physiology Courses, which I try to infuse with lots of clinical understanding and experiences. Let’s face it. These boys like to slice, dice, and stitch, and I am absolutely passionate about giving them a taste of the miraculously intricate, yet logical, beauty behind the human body. I am a teacher, and I feel like my path, though unconventional and circuitous, has brought me to where I am supposed to be.”

Mrs. Rigby and her husband Dennis are the parents of Joshua, a recent DLS graduate, and Justin, who will graduate with the Class of 2017.  “When I first started my teaching career, my two sons were small and high school seemed worlds away. It has been a blessing having them attend high school here.

“When you are doing what you were meant to do, you just feel it , and I certainly feel it,” said Mrs. Rigby.”I can think of no other place I would rather teach.”


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