McCurry named state's 2021 High School Teacher of the Year
Lafayette’s Christopher McCurry is the state's 2021 High School Teacher of the Year. Fayette County Public Schools boasted two of the three finalists for the overall award, presented live online Oct. 22 by the Kentucky Department of Education and Valvoline Inc., and Stonewall Elementary's Donnie Piercey was named Kentucky's Teacher of the Year.
McCurry was emotional as he absorbed the news. “I’m humbled to be selected and was inspired by all my peers throughout this process,” he said, adding, “The students challenge me every day and push me to be a better teacher.”
KDE and sponsor Valvoline tapped nine outstanding educators from across the state as semifinalists, and judges considered a classroom lesson review and interviews with the contenders in the elementary, middle, and high school divisions. Piercey, the Elementary Teacher of the Year, received the highest cumulative score and now advances to represent Kentucky in the national Teacher of the Year competition.
Now in his 10th year at Lafayette, McCurry teaches Dual Credit 101 and 102, Sophomore English, and Advanced African American Literature. “My approach to my students is that they are people first, students second. I believe that they all want to learn,” he said. McCurry himself studied at the University of Kentucky and the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College in Vermont.