A Leesville Teaching Legacy: Cinnamon Frame

Former Leesville student Cinnamon Frame has returned to teach chemistry where she first took the class. Talking about growing up in Wood Valley, Frame remembers how much the Leesville community has grown since she attended Leesville. (Photo courtesy of Emma Nani)

There’s a new face in room 239 this school year. Taking the position of retired chemistry teacher, Mrs. Duncan, Cinnamon Frame now picks up where Duncan left off. 

Not only has she taken over for her, but Frame is also a former student of Duncan. “It was…amazing to see her again because I hadn’t seen her since I took AP Chemistry,” said Frame while reminiscing. 

Frame began interviewing for a teaching position in Wake County when she saw an opening at Leesville. “When I heard that Mrs. Duncan was the one who was retiring, I was like ‘Oh my gosh!’ and then it was just a great interview and I’m really delighted. It feels like karma. It really does,” said Frame. 

Teaching both chemistry and AP chemistry, Frame reflects on her choice to pursue the subject. “Out of all the things I’ve taught, chemistry and physics are my favorite….I really enjoy teaching it because it’s an opportunity to help students really challenge themselves and grow,” said Frame. 

As one of the most formidable AP classes, AP chemistry still holds a soft spot in Frame’s heart. She explains, “I like teaching the harder, more challenging classes because there’s a struggle there and if I can help people grow through the struggle then they get better, and they’re more prepared for college.” 

Frame grew up in Wood Valley which was established in the late ’70s. 

She remembers how much the Leesville community has grown since she graduated: “Nothing was out here then. There was nothing…They weren’t finished with my road in Wood Valley when we moved in,” she said.

The timing couldn’t have been better for Frame as she was looking for a new job; the random stroke of luck reconnected her with Leesville again. “It was serendipity,” she said on how continuing her former teacher’s legacy at Leesville will surely be a fulfilling task as the school year begins.


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