White Marsh Elementary School teacher named Talbot County teacher of the year

Congratulations to Daniel Davis, 4th grade teacher at White Marsh Elementary School for being chosen as Talbot County’s teacher of the year!  Davis is a school bus driver turned teacher who has been with the school system for eleven years.  He is known for his use of technology in the classroom.

     Below is an article written by the Star Democrat in Easton, Maryland…

Talbot names teacher of the year

PHOTO BY ROXANE DOSTER WATTS
Talbot County’s Teacher of the Year was named Tuesday. Pictured from the left are Kathy Dill, social studies specialist with Talbot County Public Schools; Dr. Karen Salmon, superintendent of Talbot County Public Schools; Daniel Davis, Talbot County Teacher of the Year; and Dr. Marcia Sprankle, White Marsh Elementary School principal.

Daniel Davis surprised on planned day off

By KRISTYN ECOCHARD Staff Writer
Published: Sunday, May 17, 2009 8:43 AM CDT
TRAPPE White Marsh Elementary School teacher Daniel Davis and his fourth-grade class were surprised Wednesday morning when Davis was named Talbot County’s Teacher of the Year.

Talbot County Superintendent Dr. Karen Salmon, WMES Principal Dr. Marcia Sprankle, Kathy Dill, social studies specialist, and David Wheeler congratulated Davis with a cake, balloons, flowers and the key to a minivan.

Davis was not even scheduled to work Wednesday. He, his wife and his son just welcomed a baby girl last week and Sprankle had to make up a story about a coworker being honored to get him to the school. He makes three county Teachers of the Year on site at White Marsh Elementary.

“This is unbelievable!” Davis said. “It’s been a great year for me, I really appreciate this so much. I’m so excited!”

His class cheered for him and his colleagues ducked into the room to congratulate him.

“I love you guys; I love this profession,” he said.

Salmon and Dill also congratulated Davis and agreed with Sprankle and Wheeler that he was one of the most fun to surprise.

“On behalf of the Talbot County Teacher of the Year committee, we thank you,” Dill said tearfully. “We are so glad to have you as Talbot County’s premier teacher.”

As county Teacher of the Year, Davis and his family are invited to several summer events and a gala in October.

“We hope you’ll be a finalist and be Maryland State Teacher of the Year,” Salmon said.

Davis has worked at White Marsh Elementary since 1998. Prior to that, he worked for the county as a school bus driver until his boss suggested he become a teacher.

“We have a really cool machine here,” he said. “We’re looking forward to growing and we want it to shine.”

His niche has always been technology, as part of his doctoral research he worked with Promethean Activboards. The boards are white boards that have multimedia capabilities and enable anything that can be seen or done on a computer screen to be projected onto a whiteboard. Davis said he works to integrate technology, including those active boards, into his classes everyday.

“One of the most exciting things was the support in allowing me to get those active boards,” he said. “The PTO bought two.”

Davis said he wants to develop more curriculum and a Web site so more teachers can use the active boards in their daily lesson plans.

“It’s an awesome tool to build up background,” he said.

Before entering education, Davis was an airline pilot for 23 years. He has two daughters from a previous marriage, Danielle, 23, and Carley Rose, 18.

Davis has a BA in elementary education and M.ED. in reading from Salisbury University. He currently is completing his doctorate at UMES in educational leadership and also is an associate faculty member at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills.

He is a member of the International Reading Association and teacher sponsor of the MESA program at his school.

Davis resides in Cambridge with his wife and two young children.

Copyright © 2009 – The Star-Democrat

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~ by Kyle Dixon on May 17, 2009.

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