Mr. William Freddy Curtis, US Government, Sociology, and Advanced Placement US Government & Politics Teacher at Cannon County High School was selected as Cannon County High School Teacher of the Year and Cannon County School District Teacher of the Year Grades 9-12. Mr. Curtis was recently visited in his classroom by Director of Cannon County Schools – Mrs. Barbara Parker, Supervisor of Instruction – Dr. Marcia Melton, Federal Projects Supervisor – Dr. Regina Merriman, CCHS Principal – Mr. Mike Jones, and CCHS Assistant Principal Kay Barker to announce his selection as Grades 9-12 District Teacher of the Year.
Mr. Curtis is a 28 year educator of the Cannon County School System and has taught at West Side Elementary School in the Middle Grades for 16 years, West Side School Principal for 6 years, and has served at Cannon County High School in Woodbury, TN for the past 6 years. In addition to his teaching duties he is the CCHS Data Chairman, and sponsors the CCHS Amateur Radio Club – W4WBY.
Cannon County Schools Director Barbara Parker stated, “Mr. Curtis is an outstanding long-term educator in our system. His work at CCHS as US Government Teacher and leader is to be commended. His students are routinely at Cannon County School Board, Cannon County Commission, Woodbury Board of Mayor and Aldermen, and Auburntown City Council meetings.” And CCHS Principal Mike Jones commented, “If every teacher possessed Freddy Curtis’s passion, education as we know it would change. He loves sharing his knowledge with his students, and they carry this beyond his classroom walls. We have students who are interested in holding public office and serving our society due to his influence. Our students truly understand the inner-workings of government firsthand, as a result of what they have learned from Mr. Curtis. He is a role model not only for his students but for our faculty and staff as well.”
State Representative Mark Pody recently visited Mr. Curtis’s classroom and commented, ”Freddy’s educational background is followed up with his excellence in the classroom. On many occasions while I have been in the Legislature he has brought his Government Classes to the Capitol for hands-on experience with the Tennessee General Assembly. He has demonstrated that his heart is devoted to students he so mentors daily in his classroom. Since my election in 2010, he has assisted me with advice on bills that would affect the educational system. I have also visited his classroom and have seen the respect he has from his students. I can truly attest that William F. Curtis is truly Teacher of the Year.”
Mr. Curtis said after his selection, “I am very humbled to have been selected as Cannon County High School Teacher of the Year by my peers and Cannon County Schools District Teacher of the Year Grades 9-12. In my 28 years of being an educator, I have never been selected as a ‘Teacher of the Year.’ I am very blessed to work with excellent educators. This honor is one I will cherish and is a highlight of my years in education.”
Freddy and his wife, Trena, reside in Smithville, and have four grown sons – Matthew, Trent, Casey, and Evan Curtis. They have two grandchildren, Ella Mae – age 3 and Elliott age 5 months.
Picture Caption: Pictured Left to right Dr. Marcia Melton - Supervisor of Instruction, William Freddy Curtis – CCHS Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Barbara Parker - Director of Schools, Mr. Mike Jones - CCHS Principal, Dr. Regina Merriman - Federal Projects Supervisor, and Mrs. Kay Barker - CCHS Assistant Principal.