Who is the 2017 Teacher of the Year?

Mrs. Deanna Cureton (pictured far right) was named Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Teacher of the Year on May 3rd, receiving her award from 2016 winner, Jordan Todd.

“We Must Continue to Grow”

“One thing we have to know about education is that it’s a learning experience,” Mrs. Cureton told the crowd in her acceptance speech. She went on to say, “and it’s one we have to continue to grow through and learn from our students so our practices cannot remain stagnant. We have to grow with our students to encourage them.”

She went on to say, “it’s one we have to continue to grow through and learn from our students, and so our practices cannot remain stagnant; we have to grow with our students to encourage them.”

Principal Will Leach commented, “Deanna truly care for her students and their success at the next level. There is a mutual respect between the teach and the student.”

A “Changed” Teacher

Ms. Cureton said that teaching at Charlotte Early Engineering College has been an incredible learning experience for her. “After 16 yeas of teaching, it has completely changed the type of teacher that I am.  My lessons are focused on collaboration and project-based learning. It’s made me a better teacher. My students have benefited from having a voice and a say and a choice.”

Mr. Monnett thanking the attendees and congratulating the winners

Mr. Monnett was in attendance this year with his wife, Deborah, a former teacher and public educator, along with another accomplished trial lawyer from the firm, Randall Phillips.

“I strongly believe that our public education system is one of the institutions essential to maintaining our freedom. Our democracy cannot function without educated citizens. We must fully support our public education system and the professionals who dedicate their lives to teach our children. They do not get the credit and respect they deserve,” Mr. Monnett stated.

Charles G. Monnett & Associates donated $1,500 for the winning teacher, $1,000 for the winning teacher assistant and additional donations were made to each finalist.

Steven Randolf of Allenbrook Elementary was named 2017 Teacher Assistant of the Year.

The Value of an Early College Program

Cureton said she values working in an early college program. “As a first-generation college graduate, access to college courses is so important,” she said. “We all know people that are struggling to pay off student loans, and being able to leave here with up to 60 credit hours is invaluable to our students. This model allows students, regardless of their economic status, to have opportunities to become whatever they want.”

Link to Charlotte Observer: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article148503484.html

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NY Times Releases 3-D Reconstruction of Keith Lamont Scott Scene

Published On: 10.13.2016 Charlotte, NC

NY Times Releases 3-D Reconstruction of Keith Lamont Scott Scene

The N.Y. Times has released a 3-D reconstruction of the Keith Lamont Scott shooting scene based on a frame-by-frame analysis of all videos detailing the incident in which Mr. Scott was shot by Charlotte Mecklenburg Police on September 20, 2016. Continue reading →

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Charles G. Monnett III, Co-Counsel in Keith Scott Case

Keith Lamont Scott was shot and killed by CMPD officers while waiting for his child to come home from school.

Charles G. Monnett, Charlotte, NC attorney, and Justin Bamberg, Bamberg, SC attorney, have joined together as co-counsel for the widely publicized police shooting involving Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, NC on September 20, 2016. Continue reading →

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Charles Monnett and Justin Bamberg – On Keith Scott Shooting

Published On: 9.22.2016 Charlotte, NC

View Justin Bamberg and Charles Monnett speak about Keith Scott being shot by Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department and how the family is coping with the aftermath.

“Ultimately, I think what the whole community wants is the truth,” Monnett said. “I think that the family will ultimately supports its [the video] release. These videos don’t always hold all the answers and everyone needs to reserve judgment until we have all of the facts.”

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Uptick in Traffic Deaths for 2015

Published On: 7.1.2016 Charlotte, NC

Uptick in Traffic Deaths for 2015

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that 2015 was one of the deadliest years on the road since 2008. An increase of 7.7% in traffic fatalities from 2014 can’t be linked to any one reason yet. Potential explanations are more people driving distracted (talking or texting on a cell phone) and lower gas prices. Read more here.

 

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IKEA Issues Recall on MALM Dressers

Published On: 6.28.2016 Charlotte, NC

IKEA Issues Recall on MALM Dressers

After the death of at least 6 children by IKEA’s MALM dressers not being anchored to the wall, IKEA has issued a voluntary recall of the dressers. Consumers are reportedly being offered refunds or if they prefer to keep the dresser are being offered repairs. Learn more about which products are being recalled.

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NCAJ Spotlights Lauren O. Newton

Published On: 6.22.2016 Charlotte, NC

NCAJ Spotlights Lauren O. Newton

Lauren O. Newton was recently featured on the North Carolina Advocates for Justice (NCAJ) website in the Member Spotlight section. We are very proud that she serves on the 2016-2017 Executive Committee and also serves as Chair of the NCAJ Women’s Caucus. We are very proud to have Ms. Newton as an associate attorney at Charles G. Monnett III & Associates.

To read more about Lauren Newton on the NCAJ Member Spotlight: https://www.ncaj.com/index.cfm?pg=MemberSpotlight

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10 Things Your Surgeon Probably Won’t Tell You

Here are some questions to ask, tips that you should know and a homework assignment to complete before you check into the hospital.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some questions to ask, tips that you should know and a homework assignment to complete before you check into the hospital. Continue reading →

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Oh, The Weather Outside is Frightful

Published On: 12.28.2015 Charlotte, NC

Oh, The Weather Outside is Frightful

Here in the South we have been inundated with rain – lots of rain. And while we don’t get snow like our Northern and Western neighbors, the weather patterns are becoming frightful with all of the heavy rain we do get. What goes hand-in-hand with bad weather? Car crashes.

On average, there are over 5.75 million car crashes every year. Weather-related car crashes account for approximately 22% of all vehicle accidents, including rain, snow, sleet, and fog. Of those, 73% occur on wet pavement and 46% during rainfall.1 Unfortunately, 6,000 people are killed and over 445,000 people are injured in weather-related crashes each year. (Ten-year averages from 2004 to 2013 analyzed by Booz Allen Hamilton, based on NHTSA data.) Continue reading →

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