A Fort Wayne Community Schools teacher who has a third grader wanting to go to school on weekends has been nominated for Teacher Honor Roll. Her profile follows.
School: Weisser Park: A STEAM Magnet School
Grade teaching: Third grade
Education: Visual communication design at Purdue University (West Lafayette); elementary education at Indiana University (Fort Wayne)
Years teaching: 20 years
City born and current hometown: Fort Wayne
Family: Husband, John; daughters, Autumn and Mya; my chiweenie, Papi; and guinea pig, Bene.
Book you'd recommend: “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” by Kate DiCamillo (You will cry tears of joy and sadness throughout the whole book! So moving.)
Favorite teachers: Diane Nichols (former fifth grade teacher at Haley Elementary School) and Terry Burton (former art teacher at Snider High School)
Favorite teaching memory: 50 hugs a day, laughs, and students from the past coming back into my life as grown-ups sharing their favorite memories with me!
Hobbies: Decorating, traveling, crafting and baking
Interesting fact about yourself: I love “talking funny” and reading with different voices and with different accents! I also like to use the words “hashtag” and “YouTube Challenge” during my instruction to get my students interested in their learning!
What advice would you give to your students as they plan for their future? Do what you love, and love what you do! Enjoy your journey!
Recommended by: Jennifer Frank, whose son Lukas had Davis as a teacher.
Reason for recommendation, which was submitted before the coronavirus forced schools to close: “He absolutely loves her and quite vocally proclaims her to be the BEST teacher ever any opportunity he gets, and I can't say I disagree. He never wants to leave school and even begs to go on the weekends.
“The first clue I had that she is an amazing teacher was with the lovely information packet she sent home on the first day of school. I've also noticed little notes with details of the week on every homework packet since. She is always awesome with the smallest of details.
“Walking into her classroom on back to school night was like going back home again. It had such a similar feel to my own third grade classroom so many years ago. She keeps such a good classic vibe that it really can't be paralleled very easily nowadays, and I absolutely enjoy it. On back to school night she had set us up with a fun scavenger hunt to do as a family while we waited to meet her and it was honestly the most fun and unique back to school night I've ever had with my children, and we've had many good experiences through the years ... but this was the BEST one yet!
“My son always comes home beaming with pride on all the new information he is learning across multiple subjects. She keeps him so thoroughly happy and totally engaged in his learning. He loves listening to her read to them and loves all the fun voices she uses to tell the stories.
“She has had a super fun spaghetti and meatballs party, a homemade doughnut party, a Christmas party with ugly Christmas sweaters and a little gift exchange, and her most recent was their Valentine's Day party – she made them each a gorgeous glitter globe and it said, 'I love you unconditionally!'
“She is truly the most vivacious and selfless person that I have ever met. I had many great teachers growing up and have known many good ones since, but I never knew my favorite one would be my son's third grade teacher – she truly is the BEST teacher ever!”
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