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National foundation marks anniversary of teacher's award

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Ann Davis sits with her second-period class at Rocky Mount High School.

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From Contributed Reports

Monday, October 17, 2016

Delta Kappa Gamma’s Local Mu Chapter member Ann Davis is a French teacher and chairwoman of the World Languages Department at Rocky Mount High School.

Twenty years ago, she won a prestigious national honor, the Milken Educator Award, the so-called “Oscar of Teaching” as described by Teacher Magazine. This award recognizes top educators across the country with a $25,000 unrestricted prize and with opportunities for career advancement.

Like Davis was at the time, winners are usually in the early or middle parts of their careers. The foundation describes the award on their website: “Milken Educator Awards target early-to-mid career education professionals for their already impressive achievements and, more significantly, for the promise of what they will accomplish in the future.”

This year will mark the 30th anniversary of these awards, and the Milken Family Foundation has been preparing to celebrate this milestone. They decided to highlight MEA recipients from the earliest years in order to celebrate the positive impact of the awards and discovered that Davis still expressed a passion for being in the classroom with students.

As a result, Davis shared her thoughts about her teaching journey on Education Post, an online forum for discussions about the profession. In a three-part blog series published online, Davis reflects on the three phases of her career and the influences that encouraged her to pursue teaching and inspire excellence among even her most vulnerable students.

Davis taught at the elementary and middle school levels before moving to Rocky Mount High. She holds state licenses in grades K-6, AIG K-12, French K-12 and English 9-12. She was Nash-Rocky Mount Elementary School Teacher of the Year in 1996, was honored by the N.C. Association of Compensatory Educators Teacher of the Year for her outstanding “commitment to excellence, dedication and leadership to the staff, students and parents of Baskerville Elementary” in 1997, and earned National Board Certification in 1998. She completed the renewal process in 2007 and is certified through 2018.

As a charter officer of the Nash-Rocky Mount Council of the International Reading Association, area representative and board member of the N.C. Reading Association, Davis served on the Governor’s Task Force for Teacher Attraction and Retention and on the Nash-Rocky Mount National Board Candidate Support Team.

She has presented at numerous conferences on topics ranging from teaching disadvantaged students to integrating reading with canine therapy. She worked for more than 20 years to initiate and implement projects and programs promoting literacy throughout her community and the state. Davis currently helps the local Mu Chapter in its efforts to support beginning teachers.

Davis’ blog series can be found at http://educationpost.org/network/ann-davis/.

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