Phone: 704-260-6000 x11103


Degrees and Certifications:

BA in English Writing, University of Pittsburgh, 1994

Mr. Tony DeFazio

Hi, this is Mr. D! I am excited to be back at Concord, where I will teach English I, English I MYP, and Sports Media & Journalism. Before coming to Concord in 2019, I taught ELA at a middle school in West Charlotte. Prior to that, I spent more than two decades as a sports writer and editor. I've worked hard to bring some of the skills and life lessons I learned in the newspaper business into the classroom, where I am excited to engage with your students. I'm also excited to teach Sports Media & Journalism again this year, where I look forward to using our shared love of sports to develop a deeper love of reading, writing, and language.

I am originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but I have lived in North Carolina since 2009. I am a sports enthusiast, especially college sports, and a lover of various genres of music. Outside of school, I like to spend time with family: my wife Erin (also an English teacher), my daughter Evie (21 and a sophomore at Appalachian State) and son Donovan (19 and a freshman at CPCC), and our dog Gus.

I am also looking forward to having Anna Cagle, a student teacher from UNC-Charlotte, in the classroom with me the first semester. Ms. Cagle will be a co-teacher, eventually assuming full teaching responsibilities during the semester. She will be a benefit to our students.

Follow me on Instagram @mrd_chs.

My 2022-23 schedule is below:

1 (7:15-8:50)    Sports Media & Journalism
2-1 (8:55-9:46)    English I
2-2 (9:49-10:35    English I MYP
3-1 (10:40-11:25) English I
LUNCH (11:25-11:45)
3-2 (11:46-12:35) English I MYP
4a (12:40-2:15)   Planning/Parking Lot Duty