West Charlotte teacher selected as teacher of the year finalist

CHARLOTTE – A West Charlotte High School English teacher was selected as a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Teacher of the Year finalist.

Altovese Simmons, who graduated from Johnson C. Smith University with a bachelor’s degree in English and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a master’s degree in English secondary education. She has taught at West Charlotte High since 1998.

“I constantly search for ways to make my course relevant to my students’ lives, increase global awareness and show them how literature translates beyond the classroom,” Simmons said. “When I approach teaching and learning in this way, students are more likely to ‘opt in’ and take a more active role in the class because they understand how it all works together and affects them overall.”

Sedgefield Middle School science teacher Karen Meadows was chosen as the 2011 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Teacher of the Year.

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