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Remembering Angel Clegg-Curtis

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Eisenhower’s Eagle Prep Academy founder and Rialto resident Angel Clegg-Curtis was killed recently in a car accident. Hundreds of people attended her service at Sunrise Church in Rialto. Her daughter Angelica Curtis who was also in the car accident is in a coma in Savanna, GA. Born on February 21, 1950 in Los Angeles, CA, Clegg-Curtis was the fifth of six children born to Rev. Legrand H. Clegg, Sr., and Lee Omia Broadous-Clegg. She was the twin sister of Arnold R. Clegg.

Clegg-Curtis was reared in Compton, CA where she attended El Segundo Elementary School, Vanguard Junior High School and Centennial High School. While in high school, she was a bright, dedicated and articulate student who distinguished herself as a member of the orchestra and cadets. As a youth, Clegg-Curtis was also a member of Pilgrim Baptist Church where she served as Sunday school pianist, sang in the choir and was on the usher board. In 1968, Clegg-Curtis won a $1,000 scholarship by placing first in the annual oratorical contest held by the National Baptist Convention, Inc. After high school graduation, she attended Cal State Dominguez Hills in Carson, CA where she received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

In 1974, she married Charles A. Curtis, III and to this union four children were born: Angelica Irene, Charles Anthony, IV, Ace Rolland and Martin Zachrah. In 1980, Angel, Attorney Curtis and their children moved to the Inland Empire where they ultimately settled in Rialto, CA.

While in Rialto, Clegg-Curtis decided to concentrate on her career as a classroom teacher. She was hired as an English instructor at Frisbie Middle School and in 1984, she was transferred to Dunn Elementary School to teach the sixth grade. After a brief hiatus, she returned to teach a second/third grade combination at Dollahan Elementary School.

In 1989, Clegg-Curgis took a step that would define the remainder of her career; she transferred to Eisenhower High School. There she continued to teach English and study skills, but her main focus was on at-risk students. She monitored their curricula, counseled them after hours, visited their homes, corresponded with them after completion of graduation, and remained a part of many of her former student’s lives long after they married and had families of their own.

Clegg-Curtis’ crowning achievement was founding and heading Eagle Prep Academy on the Eisenhower campus. The program successfully targeted ninth and tenth grade students who needed more academic and behavioral support. In time, Curtis-Clegg and her highly enthusiastic team of teachers became very popular on the Eisenhower campus. She retired from the Rialto Unified School District in 2007.

She was a devout Christian. She was baptized at an early age at Pilgrim Baptist Church. Immediately upon moving to the Inland Empire, she began attending local churches, and at the end of her life, she attended Emmanuel Temple CME, pastored by her brotherin- law the Rev. James E. Markham. She leaves to cheris her memory, her children, Angelica, Charles Anthony, IV, Ace and martin; her mother, Lee Omia Clegg; four brothers, Legrand, Frizell, Arnold and Albert; one brotherin- law, James Markham; nephews, James II, Jude, Brian, Jonathan, Shawndi, Billy Jr., Rommel, Tracy, Henry and Jamahl; nieces Arnetta, Brandy, Andrea, Candace, Wendi, Cheree, Charlene, Ebony; grandnephews, Brian II, Reese, Brandon, Tracy Jr., Drew, Joel and Andrew; grandnieces, Jahmaica, Jayla, Jordyn, Bailey, Natalie, Kendall, Cheyenne, Emari and Angelrose. She also leaves a host of other relatives and friends.

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+1 # Barbara S 2014-01-31 18:33
Angel Curtis was my teacher for a year at a small urban private school. She made a huge impression on all of us. This was in the days before academic 'standards" so she used her academic freedom in the best way possible- exposing us to political literature both fiction and non-fiction whose messages still guide me today. I began looking for her about five years ago. i wanted to tell her how much she meant to me. But I misspelled her last name. I had remembered it with two S's on the end and thought her first name was Angela, not Angelena. When I finally did bring up her name on a search engine it was a an article detailing her death. I was angry at myself and I still am- for procrastinating so long. Life turns on a dime. Without her reading class, I don't know where I would be today.
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0 # Barbara S 2012-12-31 19:26
Ms. Curtis was my teacher before she moved to the Inland Empire. I have been looking for her for quite a while and was devastated to read this news. I wanted to tell h er how much she had changed my life. Now I can't.
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