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DBT40 Honoree: Michael Curry of Wilmington University

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AGE: 37
Assistant Professor and Assistant Chair, Undergraduate
Teacher Preparation
Wilmington University
New Castle

What the nominator said:

“Wilmington University is having a significant impact preparing future teachers in the state of Delaware, and Dr. Michael Curry is one of the thought and action leaders in the world of teacher preparation. He empowers teacher candidates through innovative and research-based curriculum in addition to culture-changing legislation, leading change from the front of the classroom that results in excellence in the K-12 education.”

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Biggest break:

“When I got hired to work at Delaware Tech as an instructional success specialist, I worked with a team and a leader who changed how I viewed myself and my potential. Working with that small team and a great leader taught me how to how to lead with humility in a spirit of collaboration.”

Two words that best describe you:

Collaborative and forward-thinking.

Work/life balance technique you recommend:

“Family is far more important than work, and your family will sometimes need you more than they will tell you. So, know when to say “˜yes’ to your family and “˜no’ to work.”

Your advice for the next generation:

“Credibility and success can only be earned, so out-work, out-think, and out-imagine all your peers.”

In one sentence, define success:

“Whether it is for my family, my students or my colleagues, I am successful when I can work with people to help them do what they love.”

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