McCurry among Kentucky's Teacher Achievement Award winners
The Kentucky Department of Education and Valvoline Inc. have selected 24 outstanding educators for the 2021 Valvoline Teacher Achievement Awards, including Christopher McCurry of Lafayette High School. He qualifies to compete for the 2021 Kentucky Teacher of the Year Award, which will be announced in October 2020.
McCurry teaches Dual Credit 101 and 102, Sophomore English, and Advanced African American Literature at Lafayette, where he has served for nine years. “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.
“Now more than ever before, we are honored to celebrate some of Kentucky’s most outstanding educators,” said Sam Mitchell, Valvoline’s chief executive officer. “Being a teacher is incredibly challenging during normal times. In today’s anything-but-normal environment, many of us have become all too familiar with the incredible role our teachers play.”
This year’s program set a record with more than 2,800 nominations and 208 applications. All 24 winners will be honored this fall, when the Kentucky Elementary, Middle, and High School Teachers of the Year are announced. The statewide Teacher of the Year will come from these three finalists.