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 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 (19 and a sophomore at Appalachian State) and son Donovan (17 and a freshman at CPCC), and our dog Gus.

Follow me on Instagram @mrd_chs.

Join the ENGLISH I CLASS REMIND by texting @26f7777 to 81010. Join the SPORTS MEDIA & JOURNALISM CLASS REMIND by texting @74h279f to 81010. Parents AND students should join the Class Reminds.

All of my classes meet every day, all year, for 45 minutes each. My 2021-22 schedule is below:

1a (7:15-8:01)    Sports Media & Journalism
1b (8:04-8:50)    Sports Media & Journalism
2a (8:55-9:46)    Planning/Parking Lot Duty
2b (9:49-10:55    English I
3a (10:40-11:46) Planning/Lunch
3b (11:46-12:35) English I
4a (12:40-1:26)   English I
4b (1:29-2:15)     Sports Media & Journalism