Director of Schools

Name: Director William F.Curtis

Email: WilliamF.Curtis@ccstn.net



My name is William F. Curtis, Teacher of U.S. Government, Sociology, and AP US Government & Politics classes at Cannon County High School in Woodbury, Tennessee.  The 2017-2018 School Year is my tenth year at Cannon County High School and thirty-second in the Cannon County School System.  I have very much enjoyed returning to my passion - classroom teaching.  
I am the former Principal of West Side Elementary School in Readyville, (Cannon County) Tennessee, and was Principal from February 2002 thru June 2008.  Previously to being Principal, I taught 6th, 7th, & 8th Grades for 16 years at West Side Elementary School, starting in 1986.  I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Social Science - Emphasis History from Lee University in Cleveland, TN in 1986.  I also attended MTSU in 1987 adding an endorsement in Elementary Education. In December 2000, I graduated with a Master of Arts in Instructional Leadership from Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, TN.  I have added numerous TASL institutes including Beginning Principal's Academy in 2002-2004.  In Summer 2010, I attended AP (Advanced Placement) US Government and Politics AP Summer Institute at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY and the 24th Annual High Schools That Work Staff Development Conference in Louisville, KY.  In Summer 2011, I attended the C-SPAN Summer Educator's Conference in Washington, DC and the 25th Annual High Schools That Work Staff Development Conference in Nashville, TN. In early Summer 2013 (June 9th - 17th), I was selected to attend the AP US Government & Politics Reading in Salt Lake City, Utah.  I participated in scoring the AP US Government & Politics Free Response Questions.  After returning from Salt Lake City, I began Summer work as a National Park Service Teacher-Ranger-Teacher at Stones River National Battlefield in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. I very much enjoyed creating lesson plans and working at the battlefield and national cemetery.  In Summer 2014 (June 11th - 19th), I was once again selected to attend the AP US Government & Politics Reading in Salt Lake City, Utah.  I participated in scoring the AP US Government & Politics Free Response Questions again.  I was selected again in Summer 2015 to attend the AP US Government & Politics Reading in Salt Lake City, Utah.  However, I was unable to attend due to the continuing illness and subsequent death of my wife, Trena Willann Braswell Curtis. I returned to Salt Lake City, Utah in Summer 2016 and 2017 to attend the AP US Government & Politics Reading.  
I also attended Tennessee Department of Education Training in Dual Credit Sociology in July 2016 and July 2017.

In Spring 2016 I was accepted into the MTSU Graduate School of History. I have taken Historiography, Historical Research, State and Local History, and Seminar in Public History classes thus far.  I have enjoyed returning to the university level studying historical topics.  My thesis topic is entitled: Divided - The Political History of DeKalb County, Tennessee - 1837 - Present.  I have completed the first two parts: Part I: Divided (1837-1870) & Part II: Transitions (1870 - 1900). Subsequent parts are forthcoming as the research continues! 

I received a very special award in Spring 2010.  I was selected as the Tennessee Outstanding Social Studies Teacher for the High School Level by the Tennessee Council for the Social Studies.  This award was special because I had just been back in the classroom for only one and 1/2 years.
In Spring 2014, I was selected as Teacher of the Year 2014 for Cannon County High School.  I was then selected as District Teacher of the Year 2014 for Cannon County Schools Grades 9-12. In April 2014 it was announced that I was the Upper Cumberland Regional Teacher of the Year 2014 Grades 9-12.  I was very humbled and honored to have been selected by my peers for this prestigious award.

I have been appointed to three very important committees in the State of Tennessee.  

In February 2015 I was appointed to the Secretary of State Blue Book Curriculum Task Force by Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett.  This committee was tasked to created Lesson Plans for use with the Tennessee Blue Book.  I created three lesson plans - The U.S. Constitution’s Bill of Rights vs. the Tennessee Constitution’s Declaration of RightsTennessee City Government, and Tennessee County Government.  These lesson plans were used by teachers across the state and this committee ended work in August 2015.  Additional Lesson Plans can be found at: http://sos.tn.gov/products/teacher-resources.

In September 2015, The Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett reassigned the Blue Book Task Force to continue working as the Secretary of State's Civic Engagement & Advisory Committee with a two year term.  This committee was tasked with aiding educators and encouraging teachers and students to engage in civic activities.  The website is http://sos.tn.gov/civics.  The lesson plans are at: http://sos.tn.gov/civics/lessonplans.    I created a specific plan dealing with the Voting Process.

In June 2016 I was appointed to the Tennessee Social Studies Standards Recommendation Committee by Tennessee House of Representatives Speaker Beth Harwell was subsequently elected Vice Chairman by the committee.  Our task was to review the Social Studies Standards of Tennessee to be used starting in the 2019-2020 School Year.  The website for review is https://apps.tn.gov/tcas/.  Our work was completed in March 2017 and passed the Tennessee State Board of Education on July 28th, 2017 for implementation in 2019-2020.

In August of 2011, we began the Cannon County High School Amateur Radio Club, and I became the Sponsor of the club.  We have an assigned FCC Callsign - W4WBY, and have an excellently equipped amateur radio station in my classroom. Check out more information at the club's website: https://sites.google.com/a/ccstn.net/cchs-site/home/clubs/amateur-radio-club.

On a personal basis, I was born in Lebanon, Tennessee and raised in Alexandria, (DeKalb County) Tennessee.  I was married to Trena Willann Braswell Curtis for 33 years.  She passed away on June 11th, 2015. We had 4 sons. I am also an Ordained Minister affiliated with the Church of God (Cleveland, TN).

Pictured in May 2017 - From far right: William Freddy Curtis - W4WFC - Standing in front is Mr. Elliott Witt Curtis, my grandson and  my  granddaughter - Miss Ella Mae Curtis - both of them are my son Trent Curtis's children. Evan Curtis; Emily Atkinson Curtis (Matt's wife in Wedding Gown); Matt Curtis; Trent Curtis; Casey Curtis; and Haley Snyder Curtis (Casey's wife) Haley is holding my granddaughter - Miss Clara Ann Curtis.
My hobbies include being an Extra Class Amateur Radio Operator - Callsign W4WFC - former callsign: KC4GUG, and Genealogy / Historical Research.