Top Teacher: Deonnah Davis, Southwest Elementary School

Top Teacher: Deonnah Davis

CHATHAM COUNTY, GA (WTOC) - It’s okay to write on the desks with a marker in Deonnah Davis' class at Southwest Elementary School in Savannah. because with a little work, it comes right off.

Davis only has one year of teaching under her belt, but she’s been building toward this all her life.

“I want them to take away that learning is fun, and to be yourself and never give up,” she said.

Davis grew up in Savannah before heading off to the University of Alabama, but came home after that to become an educator in Chatham County.

“It runs in my veins. My mom is an educator, my neighbors are educators, everyone I’m around are educators, and I just felt like this is was my calling. and I feel so blessed to be a part of that team,” she said.

With a background like that, Davis knew she always wanted to be a teacher.

“When I was little, I would go into one room and hold school, then go to the next room and pretend I was grading papers, so It’s always been with me,” she said.

Davis knows these children are just learning today, but soon will be tomorrow’s future leaders.

“Because I know one day when I’m old and need help, these are my doctors, these are my lawyers, people to take care of me, they need to know their ABC’s and 1,2,3′s before we get out there and do it,” Davis said.

Davis says teaching is more than just sharing knowledge. She wants her students to feel their worth as well.

“Their greatest need is love. I make sure in those first couple of weeks, that we sit down and that ‘Miss Davis loves you. No matter what, when you walk in here, when you walk out, I believe in you.; That will push them further than anyone will know.”

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