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Davis Named Teacher Of The Year

South Boston Elementary’s Patricia “Patty” Davis was awarded the top honor during the Halifax County Public Schools ‘Teacher of the Year’ banquet Tuesday at The Prizery.

Before announcing the winner, Deputy Superintendent Larry Clark explained the nominating process.

He said a nomination packet is sent to the schools and then each completed nomination is reviewed by the committee.  The committee focuses on several key criteria, including concern for the individual students, willingness to participate in activities and ability to work with parents.

In Davis’ nomination packet, South Boston Principal Pamela Eakes described Davis as, “Caring about the welfare and success of each child she meets.  Ms. Davis volunteered to stay after school to help prepare students for upcoming SOL tests.

“She actually called the parents of students she believed would benefit from the extra sessions and asked permission to help those students after school,” Eakes continued.  “Ms. Davis cares about each and every student she teaches.  She has the unique ability to single out the best learning styles for her students and inspires learning in them all.”

After receiving the award, Davis was visibly surprised and shared the credit with her fellow educators.

“It’s amazing to be part of this group of educators,” Davis said, explaining that she has taken “bit and pieces” from fellow educators over the years to develop her own teaching style.
“I want to say how much I appreciate it,” she added about receiving the award and offered some praise for her co-workers at South Boston Elementary. 

“There’s not a person at South Boston that doesn’t work hard everyday,” Davis said, noting that’s its nice to see that the efforts there are being noticed by the school system’s administration and the community.

“I hope to represent South Boston Elementary well,” she concluded.

As part of the award Davis received an engraved plaque, a monetary incentive, and had her name placed on a permanent plaque with past winners located in the school board office.  South Boston Elementary, as Davis’ home school, received a $1,000 check.

Davis is now eligible to compete in the District 8 and state teacher of the year competitions.

Also during the banquet a ‘teacher of the year’ was recognized from each of the county’s schools.

Joyce A. Winfield-Reeves won from Clay Mill, Anne G. Meeks from Cluster Springs, James “Jimmy” Popek from the high school, Kassie B. Myers from the middle school, Susan P. Townsend from Meadville, Brenda C. Conner from Scottsburg, Eleanor B. Knowlson from Sinai, Davis from South Boston, Ruth K. Smith-Leigh from the South Boston/Halifax/Cluster Springs Early Learning Centers and Naomi Benson from Sydnor Jennings.

After the awards were presented, Superintendent Paul Stapleton told the teachers, “You’re the best of the best. 

To Davis Stapleton said, “I’m really proud of everything you’ve done as an individual Patty.”

He then told the teachers that they’re a special breed of person and that they “teach today, and touch tomorrow.  I thank you, the school board thanks you, the parents thank you and the students thank you.”

Although Stapleton noted, it may take the students several years to realize it.