JFWA Faculty Friday Profile: Curtis Massengill


Frank White Academy’s (JFWA) Curtis Massengill teaches middle school and high school English, as well as drama. He has also taught journalism and research writing. He is a 2001 graduate of the Academy and has taught at JFWA full time for eight years.


Education and Career Background:

I attended East Tennessee State University for my undergraduate and master's programs and obtained my teaching certification via Carson-Newman University.  After college, I went into teaching at JFWA almost immediately, and have rarely strayed far since.


Teaching Philosophy:


In terms of my teaching philosophy, I see myself as a storyteller - and part of that is showing my students what goes into really good stories.  Even for those of us who don’t follow an education in English or academia, we all tell tales throughout our lives, because that’s how we communicate.  I can only hope to teach my students how to be better at it.



As for my personal life, I am fond of reading, writing fiction (mostly sci fi and fantasy), and kayaking.


The J. Frank White Academy is a private, college preparatory day school serving grades K-12, located on the campus of Lincoln Memorial University. JFWA is fully accredited and STEM certified by Cognia, which is the first internationally recognized mark of quality for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) schools and programs, signaling the growing emphasis on STEM education by educators, politicians and business leaders around the world. For more information contact JFWA Director of Admissions Bernie Harrington at [email protected] or apply online at JFWA.LMUnet.edu.


Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423.869.6280 or email at [email protected].

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