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Dawn Curtis named Disney Teacher of the Year

Dawn Curtis has been selected as the 2022-2023 Disney Elementary Teacher of the Year!

Dawn has been teaching for 15 years. This is her eighth year with Tulsa Public Schools, and her third at Disney. She teaches 5th grade math, science, and social studies.

She said she pursued teaching thanks to positive role models, a love of learning, and passion for helping others. 

"My earliest memory of wanting to become a teacher was when I was nine years old in fourth grade. I loved all my teachers, and I loved 'playing school,'" said Dawn. "In high school, I thrived academically. I loved learning and making straight As; it made me feel smart! I wondered why some of my peers didn't make their grades a priority. This fed my desire to help others find value in education and take pride in their accomplishments. I discovered I had a passion for helping others when I was a teacher's assistant in high school for a special education class. I vividly remember teaching a student how to sort silverware and the joy in his face when he succeeded fueled a flame that drove me to pursue a teaching degree in college."

Her favorite part of the job is building relationships with her students and empowering them to know they are "capable of anything with a growth mindset, positive attitude, integrity and kindness to others." 

She said the Disney Elementary team are supportive and help her grow as a teacher.

"I have found myself looking forward to school everyday, and I love what I do!"