SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A physical education teacher in Lakeside was among five educators named Friday as "California Teachers of the Year" by state Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell.
Darin Curtis teaches eighth-grade physical education at Tierra del Sol Middle School in the Lakeside Union School District.
Curtis has taught physical education, American history, social studies, English and reading for the past 18 years.
"What motivates me is the challenge of identifying the students who need inspiration the most," Curtis said in a statement. "Turning student interests into inspiration is what great teachers do."
"I strive to be like my father and the other teachers and coaches who took the time to inspire me," he said. "Even when an educator's day may have come and gone, there is never an end to the good that a teacher has done."
Curtis has also been chosen by O'Connell to represent the state in the "National Teacher of the Year" competition. The winner will be selected in the spring and honored at a White House ceremony.
"Curtis' application addresses how important it is for districts to include physical fitness and health programs in their curriculum," said O'Connell. "He understands how critical it is to instill healthy habits in children at a young age, especially at a time when one in four children do not engage in physical activity."
The five "California Teachers of the Year" will be honored at an event in the spring.
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