Mackenzie Curl has been recognized as Oakland County Middle School Teacher of the Year. She teaches science at Holly Middle School.
Curl has been teaching at the school since 2001. She has a Bachelors degree in Secondary Science from Bowling Green State University and a Masters Degree in the Art of Teaching from Marygrove College. She has taught both seventh and eighth grade science and the girls’ “Why Try” program. She is a student council sponsor, ski club sponsor, and the science department chairCurl also coached Girls soccer at Holly High School from 2001 – 2011.
The Oakland County Outstanding Teacher of the Year Awards are presented annually to honor and reward teachers in Oakland County who have achieved, through their effort and example, the highest standards of excellence in their profession.
“On behalf of Holly Area Schools and our Board of Education, district leadership and staff, I would like to congratulate Mackenzie Curl on this well-deserved honor,” said Scott Roper, Holly Area Schools superintendent. “Mackenzie is dedicated to helping prepare her students for bright futures and careers and truly represents what Broncho Pride is all about.”
Curl will be honored at the Oakland County Outstanding Teacher of the Year Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, May 4, at Flagstar Strand Theater in Pontiac. Holly Area Schools nominees for elementary and high school teachers of the year will also be recognized.
“I am truly honored to be recognized as Oakland County Middle School Teacher of the Year during a school year in which teachers at all grade levels have demonstrated courage, creativity and compassion in serving their students,” Curl said. my inspiration and I am grateful to our entire Broncho community for their support. ”
Surprising Curl with the award were Roper, Assistant Superintendent Jennifer Herbstreit, School Board President Leigh Jackson and Director of Human Resources Patricia Murphy-Alderman. Also joining them were Curl’s husband Eric Curl, who is Holly Middle School principal, Assistant Principal Haley Street, and Oakland Schools ISD Communications and Department of Instruction leaders. The Curls’ three children and Mackenzie Curl’s parents rounded out the surprise party.
Curl began teaching science at Holly Middle School in fall 2001 and currently teaches eighth-grade science. One colleague nomination cited her ability to balance humor with her demand that students focus on the lessons at hand. Curl is known to utilize new evidence-based teaching methods, resources and technology. At the same time, her hands-on approach to science creates memorable learning experiences for her students.
Curl is also a 2022 National Junior Honor Society cosponsor and Ski-Snowboard Club sponsor, and she has served as department head and a Leader in Me RULER team leader. Curl was previously junior varsity and varsity soccer coach at Holly High School.