MATTHEWS – Kimberly Tuttle grew up thinking her mother was a celebrity. Children would approach her mom every time her family went out in public. That’s because she was a teacher.
Tuttle and her siblings saw how their mother enjoyed going to school every day, so they followed her into teaching.
Tuttle had the opportunity to thank her mother for showing her what love is like at home and in the classroom when accepting Teacher of the Year honors May 8 from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools at Mallard Creek High School.
“The magic to all of this – to being a teacher – definitely came from my momma, who did this for 34 years,” she said, noting she too wakes up every morning thankful to be working in such a rewarding profession.
Tuttle teaches Advanced Placement language and composition, as well as 11th-grade honors English, at Levine Middle College High School. She feels blessed to work for a principal like Joey Burch and thanked the veteran CMS leader for trusting her with his children.
Tuttle won a prize package that includes $1,700 and a one-year car lease. Being CMS Teacher of the Year also gives her an elevated platform.
April Johnson, an art teacher at Tuckaseegee Elementary School, said she spent the past year advocating for the arts as CMS Teacher of the Year. She’s spoken on panels, radio shows and even from the pulpit.
“The greatest platform that I could ever imagine is being with my kids every day,” Johnson said.
Tuttle said she strives to teach the whole child. She works to create an environment in her classroom where students feel they matter. Every day they are reminded of that when she tells them, “Be blessed, be safe, be wise and make good decisions.”
Other top teachers in the Matthews, Mint Hill area
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools selected Kimberly Tuttle from a pool of six finalists as its Teacher of the Year, but every school in the district recognized its top teacher. Here’s some from the Matthews-Mint Hill area:
• Bain Elementary: Nikki Guevara
• Butler High: Matthew Dowell
• Clear Creek Elementary: Jan Davis
• Crestdale Middle: Meredith Gummerson
• Crown Point Elementary: Tatiana Blanchard
• Elizabeth Lane Elementary: Tara Brabson
• Independence High: Mallory Sattler
• Lebanon Elementary: Hannah Woods
• Levine Middle College High: Kimberly Tuttle
• Matthews Elementary: Bethany Grimes
• Mint Hill Middle: Kerri Staviski
• Northeast Middle: Abdulkarim Mohamed
• Providence High: Richard Turski
• Rocky River High: Tyron Eason