Davis, who was born and raised in Tuscaloosa, attended Flatwoods Elementary herself. More recently, she is a graduate of The University of Alabama, where she earned her bachelor’s degree, and The University of West Alabama, where she earned her master’s degree in Library Media.
Passion for her students’ well-being and ability to learn in a positive environment drives Davis to become a better teacher. Her secret to success is always being willing to learn – either from the experienced teachers around her, or from her students.
Davis says if she wasn't a teacher, she would want to work in social services, helping kids overcome negative situations and being a positive influence in children’s lives. She has the same goal when it comes to her work in the classroom.
“There are often times that I may be the only caring or smiling face my student will see,” Davis said. “I strive to encourage them to always do their best, respect themselves and one another.”
One way Davis creates a positive learning environment is through hands-on lesson plans. She likes to incorporate music, or take advantage of the school’s outdoor classroom on fair weather days.
When asked about one thing she wish people knew about teaching, Davis said the weight of worrying about her students and planning for the school day is more than just a day job.
“[Teachers] are often preparing and spending our weekends working on lesson plans for the next week,” Davis said. “We spend countless hours off the clock and in the summer working in our classrooms to prepare the best for our children.”
Though the job may seem difficult, the possibility of making a difference in her students’ lives keeps her going. Davis says she feels most accomplished when her students return to visit her and to share with her their success.
“I feel honored that they think of me in the moments when they are feeling proud of themselves,” Davis said.