For the past couple years, students and teachers have rallied around this educator as she faced a personal battle. All around campus, Team Curl signs and shirts could be spotted on any given day.
At the young age of 48, Teresa passed, leaving behind her husband, Robert, two children, Chase and Taylor, and a host of family of friends.
This week, The County Record shares memories of Teresa from a friend and co-worker, along with former students.
“Teresa Brantley-Curl and I bonded over many things….our love of history, REO Speedwagon, The Sopranos, fine coffee and coffee presses, teaching, Game of Thrones, family, sushi, cocktails, France, catch phrases, The Soup, chicken tetrazzini, children, chocolate croissants, and all things chocolate. She was my best friend and a kindred spirit. She calmed me. She looked like an Amazon warrior princess on the exterior, but was actually a soft cupcake with sprinkles on the inside. She was one of the hardest workers I know. She always seemed cool as a cucumber under pressure even when I know she wasn’t. She was loving, brilliant, generous, silly, beautiful, loyal, fierce, kind, humble, tall, stubborn, slightly naughty, patient, gentle, witty, sarcastic and she didn’t take herself too seriously. She had no idea the impact she had made on so many people and students. I will forever miss her, her voice and I cherish the memories I made with her. She was so precious. Until we meet again, my soul sister, for I know we will.”
-Samantha Price Taylor
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“I remember going down the hall after school to her room. She would sit with me and discuss my future college plans. Plans to be a doctor, plans to save people. She was always in my corner and loved all the questions I would ask in class. No one will ever be able to teach like her again. She touched everyone she taught. It’s so disheartening to realize I’ll never se her again. I really loved you, Mrs. Curl. We will all miss you. My heart goes out to the entire family. Chase and Taylor, your family is larger than you realize. We are always here for you two.”
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“She was simply an amazing woman. She never talked down to her students or people in general. A humble person. A positive role model. She wasn't about flash or frills, just teaching. Angelic is the only word that comes to mind. She was our "Treesy" but I was never allowed to call her that at school.”
-Summer L. Elliott