December 7-- Rita Curl is in her 18th year of teaching and Monday night was named the Montgomery County school system's teacher of the year for the third time.
She's an English teacher at Montgomery County High School and through the years has seen many changes.
"The world has changed for our students. Their homelife is far different from what it was even ten years ago. The biggest challenge is to make learning relevant to the student because some of them have issues which are more vital than whether they pass a test. We need to be aware of that and try to connect subject matter to real life as much as we can and be sensitive to the fact that our students' needs may not always be academic," she says.
Mrs. Curl was the high school's STAR teacher last year and puts in a plug for students in her school. "I know we have some of the best students around and we still have parents who care and who expect their students to do well. We still have our good core, but whenever that balance shifts, schools are going to be more like they are now in cities, I'm afraid," she observes.
Other teachers of the year in individual schools this year are Kathy Moring from Montgomery Middle School and Donna Brice from Montgomery Elementary School. Shown left to right at the school board meeting presentation ceremony are MCHS Principal Dr. Henry Walding, Rita Curl, Kathy Moring, MCMS Principal Dr. Tosha Middlebrook, MCES Principal Brittany Deen, Donna Brice and School Superintendent Randy Rodgers.