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Curt Hughes

Created: 03/19/2014 9:14 PM KAALtv.com
By: Laura Lee

(ABC 6 News) -- This week we honor a middle school teacher from Stewartville with the ABC 6 Excellent Educator award.

"I'm very surprised and kind of speechless at this point," says Curt Hughes, a 6th grade Math and History teacher at Stewartville Middle School.

When asked what his favorite part of teaching was he says, "watching them grow and improve each and every day and seeing the excitement in their eyes."

Something he says he's always enjoyed, even at a young age.    

"I taught kids at a young age and thought this might be my calling," he says.  A calling as a teacher and a coach.  Teaching swimming lessons back in high school and now coaching the girls varsity softball team at Stewartville High.

"I'm glad I'm able to continue this."