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University City educator is CMS Teacher of the Year

University City educator is CMS Teacher of the Year

Deanna Cureton, a 10th grade teacher at the Charlotte Engineering Early College at UNC Charlotte, is the 2017 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools teacher of the year.

Superintendent Ann Clark presented Cureton with the award on May 3. Cureton also received $1,500 from signature sponsors Charles G. Monnett III & Associates, a one-year lease on a new car from Keffer Volkswagen, a television from the National Teachers Association and free lifetime alignment on her car from Griffin Brothers Tire and Auto. She also received a gift bag from Classroom Central.

Cureton teaches English Honors II at Charlotte Engineering Early College (CEEC) and serves as the 10th-grade team leader. She joined CEEC last year teaching freshmen and will follow her students all the way to graduation.

A native of Dayton, Ohio, Cureton earned her bachelor’s degree from Winston-Salem State University. She considered studying law but realized it wasn’t the path for her. “It isn’t in my personality,” she said.
Instead, she earned her master’s degree from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University and began her teaching career at Glenn High in Forsyth County. In 2004, she moved to North Mecklenburg High.

Cureton said that teaching at CEEC has been a learning experience for her. “After 16 years of teaching, it’s completely changed the type of teacher that I am,” she said. “My lessons are focused on collaboration and project-based learning. It’s made me a better teacher. My students have benefited from having a voice and a say and a choice. They’re very involved in the learning process.”

  • Learn more about Cureton here.

This article was provided by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

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