English teacher Marla Currie says treating students with respect is one of the keys to her success in her 26-year career. Her approach to students is one of understanding -- understanding that high school is a busy time for young people.
At the same time, she expects a certain level of effort and enjoys relating things learned in class to everyday life.
Those things and more were cited by the students who nominated Currie for Staff Member of the Month. Currie says she’s pleased to have been selected as the December winner for East Campus.
“I feel like I have a realistic approach,” Currie says. “You have to give respect to get it back.”
Junior Sarah Roper, one of five MCHS students to nominate Currie, cited Currie’s understanding nature in her nomination. “She makes my high school experience 100 times better, and I don’t know what I would do if she wasn’t my teacher.”
Currie has spent her entire 26 years teaching English at East Campus. This was her first job after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in English from Winona State University in Minnesota.
Currie also has two master’s degrees -- curriculum and instruction, and administration -- and she's served as the division chair.
“I’m happy in my classroom,” she says.
MCHS launched the Staff Member of the Month program this school year to recognize a staff member from both East Campus and West Campus for going above and beyond for students. Each recognized staff member receives a plaque and a gift certificate to either Meat and Potato Eatery or Brunch Cafe.
MCHS is grateful for the support of business partner Ted Zatos for providing the gift certificates.