Greatness in education was recognized in Humble ISD by the Texas Parent and Teachers Association during the Texas PTA Convention in July in Grapevine, Texas.
Kingwood Middle School (KMS) Principal Michael Curl attended the convention and received the Texas PTA Outstanding Secondary Principal of the Year — 2021 Outstanding Educator Award.
On Oct. 19, Curl was recognized for this accomplishment at the Humble ISD board meeting and congratulations were in order.
“It is an honor to be recognized by Texas PTA, an organization with a long-standing history of advocating for children by bringing together educators, parents and the community in the best interest of students,” Humble ISD Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Fagen said.
“Congratulations to Principal Michael Curl and to Kingwood Middle School for receiving statewide recognition of your dedicated work serving our families.”
“Michael Curl is the first principal in 40 years to be named and recognized as the Secondary Principal of the Year by Texas PTA,” said Humble ISD Community Engagement Specialist Marilyn Mann. “There have been several principals who were submitted on behalf of their schools.”
Leading up to the presentation of his award, Curl said that the Texas PTA had a call for nominations for outstanding educators, and that members of the community nominated him.
“As the process continued, I also had to answer a few questions,” said Curl. “The submissions were reviewed and then Texas PTA selected winners. The Secondary Principal of the Year Award brought more than 450 nominations and I am honored to be the recipient.”
Curl said he was informed by a PTA representative that he is the firs principal in Humble ISD to receive this recognition.
“I was recognized during the Texas PTA Convention,” said Curl. I enjoyed all of the speakers and being able to see the work that PTAs put in as they work to provide support for our kids. They presented me with a trophy at the awards presentation luncheon.”
An entourage of family and supporters were present when Curl received his recognition.
“My wife, Dr. Chestin Auzenne-Curl, my two daughters, Marisan and Maddax Curl, Marilyn Mann, Humble ISD Student Wellness Counselor and KMS parent representative Francesca Newman, KMS Assistant Principal Jennifer Holloway and Assistant Superintendent for Middle Schools Donnie Bodron were all present at the awards luncheon. I appreciate all of them for taking the time to join me for the event,” Curl said.
Regarding his family’s reaction to his new title, Curl said, “I believe that they are proud of the work that I do and happy to see it being recognized at this level. They listened to me prepare the speech for the luncheon and critiqued me where they felt needed,” he said.
“It also presented us with our first family getaway since the onset of the pandemic. My daughters told me ‘Thank you for being good at your job’ and my wife submitted the award for recognition in our college alumni magazine. They are very understanding of my work and, in my view, we all won that award and celebrated together,” he said.
Co-workers were also very supportive, Curl said. “There were many congratulatory messages shared with me and I believe they feel a part of the recognition because we are in this together. It is a team effort with the KMS community.”
When asked if he was expecting to be selected, Curl said, “I was surprised. It was a very nice highlight of the collaboration in our community and recognition of our work, especially in challenging times.”
Curl is no stranger to recognition of his work in education and in the community.
“Papa Murphy’s recognized me with the ‘Community Service Award’ for outstanding service to the community, students, teachers and parents,” Curl recalled.
“It was a nice outdoor ceremony with a great turnout, a plaque and excellent food,” he said.
Curl said he was also recognized by the Gulf Coast Educators Federal Credit Union as an Outstanding Principal in 2020, and was recognized as Secondary Principal of the Year in Goose Creek CISD for the 2018-2019 school year.
American Education Week is Nov. 14 — Nov. 20, which can be summed up by a quote attributed to Nelson Mandela, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
According to an online source, American Education Week was created to celebrate the potential of all American students, recognize and give thanks to the teachers and professionals working within the education system, as well as honoring the parents and guardians who are supportive.