Last month, the Milford School District announced one nominee from each school in the district to be considered for Milford Teacher of the Year. Amidst stiff competition, school officials announced that Lulu Ross Elementary’s nominee Michele Davis has been awarded the honor of Milford School District Teacher of the Year.
“Being named Teacher of the Year for the Milford School District is truly an honor. I was shocked when the announcement was made, as I know the other nominees exceptional teachers as well,” said Davis. “This distinction is not something I take lightly.”
Michele Davis began her career at Lulu Ross Elementary School; not as an employee, but as a first grade student. To this day, walking the halls she can remember laughs with friends and teachers who left lasting impressions. After graduating from Milford High in 2000, Michele earned an Economics degree from the University of Delaware. It was at this time while career searching that Michele became a tutor at Lulu Ross, and her path in life became clear.
“From that point on my path in life became clear, I wanted to be a teacher. I eventually became an instructional paraprofessional, and then a one on one paraprofessional at Ross,” said Davis.
Michele has been teaching at Lulu Ross Elementary for the past ten years. She is dedicated to educating students of all abilities. Her enthusiasm for teaching radiates not only in her classroom, but in her work across our district and the state, as an adjunct Wilmington University instructor and participant on state committees. Currently teaching in a fifth grade inclusion setting, she services both regular and special education students. Davis enjoys the profession each day as she believes that there is always something to celebrate.
“There is always a student having an “AHA” moment, being curious and wanting to learn more, achieving a personal goal, and/ or doing something they previously did not think they could,” said Davis. “Teaching provides me an opportunity to stay connected with my community, and gives me the opportunity to make a small imprint on the students I work with.”
Her additional responsibilities include serving as instructional coach for her grade, chair of the Family Involvement Committee, Special Olympics Director for Ross, and coach for the Young Athletes’ community team. Michele is a Lead Mentor for new teachers and has provided professional development for colleagues. She is also an active participant on the TOY Advisory Board to the Secretary of Education. She is proud to have a hand in the development of her community.
“I love being involved in school, district, and state level committees and happenings; it gives me a sense of pride to have a small hand in the development of our community,” said Davis. “Lastly, at the end of the day, I see my role as working to help empower the students I work with to become compassionate, kind, hardworking, and productive human beings.”
Mrs. Davis will now compete at the state level, against her peers from across state of Delaware public schools, where the winner of that competition will face distinguished teachers from the region and around the nation. The Teacher of the Year Award was established by the Delaware Department of Education in 1965. Since its inception in 1965, three Milford teachers have been named Delaware Teacher of the Year: Mary Decker in 1973, Penny Shockley in 1988 and Mercedes Ferrari in 1992.
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