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Mission Statement

The mission of the FFHS English department is to provide instruction that integrates listening, speaking, reading, writing, and media literacy to promote critical thinking in our students. By introducing our students to a variety of literature and non-fiction texts, we also hope to instill a love of reading that lasts a lifetime.

Department members

  • Margot Canupp
  • Lauren Deal
  • Ian Godwin
  • Steve Hanf (journalism electives)
  • Christy May
  • Joel Mount
  • Amy Powell
  • Hunter Will

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Independent Reading Time

Students in Lauren Deal's classroom get comfortable with their favorite books.

Senior Project

Ida Greenlee presents her Senior Project in Crissie Weeks' English class.

Lauren Deal

Faculty Information

First Flight High School
Classes/Subjects Taught(s)
English 1, Honors English 2, English 2
Current Grade
English teacher/theatre director
School(s) or Location
First Flight High School

Contact Information



Drama with K-12 certification, Drama, UNC-Asheville 2004

About Me

Information About Me

Welcome to my classroom at First Flight High School! This is my fifteenth year of teaching and I am beginning my seventh year at First Flight. My teaching career has led me across North Carolina, from Winston-Salem to Mocksville to Lake Norman to Raleigh to the Outer Banks, and I am delighted to be a First Flight Nighthawk. For access to my Google Classroom website, please e-mail me so that I can add you to a class.

I am a Teaching Fellows graduate of UNC-Asheville and received National Board certification in English/Language Arts in 2009; I am also a 2016 Book Love Foundation grant recipient, a 2017 Snapdragon Foundation grant recipient, a 2017 runner-up for the Random House Teacher Award for Literacy, a 2017-2018 Dare County Innovative Teacher, and a member of the DCS Digital Design Team. I am especially honored to be First Flight High School's 2019 Teacher of the Year! This year, I am teaching English 1, English 2, and Honors English 2, in addition to serving as the junior class adviser, prom sponsor, Project LIT book club sponsor, and director for the StageKraft theatre program. Over the past few summers, I've led students and parents on EF trips to Belize and Costa Rica; please contact me if you're interested in joining us on an educational and adventurous Caribbean trip in June 2020!

I'm an avid reader, writer, traveler, and gymnastics fan, and nothing makes me happier than being on the beach with a great book. I am a firm advocate of independent choice reading in the English classroom and am always building my classroom library to include more diverse book offerings for my students. I truly have the best job in the world - teaching high school gives me incredible opportunities to teach some of the most interesting and multi-talented people I could ever hope to meet!