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Weddington teacher starts career as beginning teacher of the year

Marisa Difronzo, an English teacher at Weddington High School, has been named the 2015 Beginning Teacher of the Year.

In only her third year of teaching, one Weddington High School English teacher is showing the world that teaching is a reflection of the way she chooses to live her life.

Marisa Difronzo, a teacher at Weddington High School, has been named the 2015 Beginning Teacher of the Year by The College of Education at UNC Charlotte.

The award recognizes an outstanding beginning teacher who graduated from one of UNC Charlotte’s undergraduate teacher education programs and is in the first three years of his or her career.

“Receiving this prestigious honor, especially so early in my teaching career, means the world to me, both professionally and personally,” Difronzo said. “Teaching is such a prominent component of who I am as an individual, as it is a reflection of the way I choose to live my life – by always sharing my passion and commitment to education, success, and my students with optimism, excitement, and integrity.”

Difronzo was a teaching fellow at UNC Charlotte, and currently serves on the UNC Charlotte Teaching Fellows' Alumni Board. She also is a UNC Charlotte Distinguished Leadership Award Recipient.

She is the faculty adviser for the Literary Society and National Honor Society at Weddington High School. She is also an Instructional Technology Mentor School Representative.

“This award is a testament to the success one can achieve if he or she commits to what one loves wholeheartedly,” Difronzo said.

“For me, my dedication has always been towards the academic and personal success of my students, while also continuously perfecting my own teaching craft,” she added. “I feel, therefore, as though this award is a result of always devoting my mind and heart to what I love most - making the love of learning come to life in my classroom, while inspiring students to use that same energy to benefit the world around them in an influential way.”

Difronzo will be honored during the College of Education Scholarship and Awards Program on May 8 in the College of Education building at UNC-C. She will receive a $1,000 honorarium and a plaque.


Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe - UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: May 05, 2015 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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