Celia-Bess Cotton received her Masters degree in Reading from Russell Sage College, in Troy, New York. In 2015, she retired from her 20-year teaching career in the Connecticut school system. That same year she moved to Durham and was hired as a DSP for The Arc of the Triangle. In 2021 she was awarded Employee of the Quarter. In her spare time, she likes to train for and run 5k races. Celia enjoys regularly volunteering with Reality Ministries in Durham serving the IDD community in her spare time too.