Welcome Back to School!

Welcome back Liberty Knights!  2020-2021 is going to be a GREAT school year!  

My name is Joy Kurtz, and I am very excited to be your social studies teacher at LMS this year!  I am an experienced classroom teacher, going into my 26th year teaching.  I have Bachelor of Arts degrees in middle grades education (grades 6-9)  and elementary education (K-6) with concentrations in language arts and social studies.  I also hold a Master of Arts degree in Middle Grades Education.  Most of my career has been spent teaching at the middle school level in English/language arts and social studies.  

I am married to Chris Kurtz, who is a real estate broker with ReMax- Southern Lifestyles here in Morganton.  We have one daughter, Anna Grace, who will be a freshman in college this year.  I have several personal hobbies and interests that I enjoy:  playing the piano, hiking and being outdoors, reading, and spending time with family and friends.  I look forward to getting to know each and every one of you this year!

Please check back on this website frequently, as I will post many of our class assignments, resources, announcements, and other news here.  If you have questions, please contact me through my email:  jkurtz@burke.k12.nc.us, or by calling Liberty Middle School at 437-1330 during school hours.

Class Assignments

Assignments are posted daily for your review and for students who were absent. 

Class Calendar

Check here for deadlines, due dates, and to find out what's next.


Access rubrics, assignment instructions, reading materials, worksheets, and more.


Check here often for important school & class announcements and useful information.

Web Links

Check here for fun and educational websites.


I am always available for my students and parents.

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