When asked to compose a biography or autobiography is this case, I am faced with the task of examining my life’s purpose. I firmly believe that it is one’s life perspective and one’s set of beliefs that drive one’s life choices. I believe that our children are God’s gifts to us and that we, as adults, have a responsibility to make sure that each and every child has the opportunity to live in a clean, safe, supportive, enriching, and loving environment. For this reason, I chose to become a teacher.
I am Cynthia D. Jeffers, a retired educator from Spartanburg County School Districts 2 and 7. I had the pleasure of teaching and working with students from the middle and high school levels for over thirty-five years. I have always felt that teaching was and is a noble profession although not always lucrative. There is something enduring about helping children, especially those who are in need. As a result, I have worked diligently in many areas and ministries in my church, Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, where I have served also as a deaconess for over thirty years. I believe that change takes place within a small arena before it can manifest itself in a larger one. If we can facilitate the change of heart and mind and expectations within the family unit, the community will be its beneficiary. In our community, the church has always been and will always be that change agent. I am dedicated to God first.
I was educated in the District 7 public schools of Spartanburg County. I attended North Carolina A & T State University and Converse College earning a degree in English with a concentration in writing and English literature and a minor in Psychology. I have also studied at the Upstate University of South Carolina.
When I was younger, I chose to participate in organizations that directly affected the youth in my community. I served as president of the Spartanburg Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. and worked with that organization to implement programs and activities which would have the strongest impact on young women and men. Other community involvements include serving on the previously called Arts Council of Spartanburg County for two years, a member of the Spartanburg County Educational Association, as well as the state and national affiliations. Presently, I am a member of the Sickle Cell Board, a board member of the Spartanburg Repertory Opera, a member of the Spartanburg Chapter of Links, Inc., and a member of the Spartanburg Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
I am the only child of the late Mr. Lewis C. Davis and Mrs. Katherine P. Davis. I have been married to Charles E. Jeffers for forty-four years. We have two beautiful daughters and five adoring grandchildren.