Archive for Thursday, October 19, 2006

Teacher returns to familiar formula

October 19, 2006

Since she attended the first grade, Deb Curatola has told people she wanted to be a teacher.

Sure, there were years when she said she might want to be a librarian or a veterinarian, but "or a teacher" always followed.

By the time she reached high school, Curatola knew teaching was for her. The only question that remained was which age group she would instruct.

A secondary math major, Curatola recently began teaching geometry and precalculus at Lansing High School.

She spent most of the 2005-'06 school year teaching first graders in a long-term substitute teaching position at Lansing Elementary School.

"It had been a while since I'd been with the high school students - other than subbing - so I didn't know whether or not they had changed much from when I was teaching them before, Curatola said. "I really have enjoyed being back with this age group."

Curatola, who grew up in York, Neb., said she most liked the small-town atmosphere and size of Lansing and its schools.

"Even if I don't have all the kids in my math classes, I recognize faces. That's what I grew up with, and I wanted that for my girls," she said.

Curatola and her husband, John Curatola, a lieutenant colonel in the Marine Corps, have two daughters: Jenny, 14, a sophomore at LHS; and Katie, 11, a sixth-grader at Lansing Middle School.

In her free time, Curatola stays busy decorating the family's new home in Lansing. She also enjoys watching movies and reading books by her favorite authors, Janet Evanovich, Jeffery Deaver and Nora Roberts.

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