Wilson High choral instructor named District Teacher of the Year
Wilson High School Choral Music Instructor Megerlyn Davis has been selected Florence School District One’s 2017-18 Teacher of the Year. She was selected from over 20 applicants in Florence One schools.
Florence One Superintendent Dr. Randy Bridges surprised Davis on Wednesday of last week with the announcement of her title for 2017-18. Accompanied by an entourage of school personnel and media to Wilson High School, Dr. Bridges visited the chorus room at Wilson, presented her with a bouquet of flowers, and made the public announcement as Davis’ students watched.
Truly surprised, Ms. Davis said, “I wasn’t expecting this. I am overwhelmed, excited, greatly honored and appreciative.”
The 2001 Wilson High graduate now Wilson High chorus teacher, commented that “Wilson is my home, Wilson will always be my home, so I wanted to give back.”
Prior to the announcement, the teacher of the year selection panel reviewed all school teacher of the year applications, and the four teachers whose applications received the highest scores emerged as Honor Roll Teachers.
Last week these four teachers including Ms. Davis, Pamela Daniels of Sneed Middle; Vanessa Harkless of Lester Elementary; and Carla Summersett of West Florence High School, all underwent classroom observations and interviews conducted by the three-member selection panel from outside Florence One with Davis emerging as the Florence One Teacher of the Year.
Davis, who teaches choral music at Wilson said, “Providing performance opportunities and field experiences are enriching, but having my students know that I believe in them and truly care about them are my greatest rewards.”
Davis, who has 12 years of teaching experience, has served at Wilson High School for the past eight years. She also served as music teacher at Johnakin Middle in Marion (2005-06) and as general music teacher in Florence One for students at Wallace-Gregg, Delmae, Carver and North Vista (2006-2009).
Said Davis, “Being self-expressive in the classroom promotes a positive learning environment in which my students have the ability to construct and perform powerful musical performances.”
According to her teaching philosophy, “Music is vital to learning. When learning styles are recognized, music generates outcomes in which a sense of accomplishment and pride connects to personal experiences. I do my best to give them (the students) the tools and the encouragement needed to be creative. I want them to be able to display their creative skills to the utmost during any performance no matter the size of the audience.” She added, “Teaching choral music is one of the greatest opportunities in the world to express what I genuinely love to do.”
Davis received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Education from Columbia College, and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction: Integrated Teaching through the Arts from Lesley University. Davis will represent Florence School District One in this year’s South Carolina Teacher of the Year Program.
Florence One school teachers of the year for 2017-18 include Julie Causey, Briggs Elementary; Carolyn Ford, Carver Elementary; Adrina Davis, L.T. Davis Elementary; Lauren Greenway, Delmae Elementary; Laura Stoughton, Dewey Carter Elementary; Patricia Byrd, Florence Career Center; Stephanie Weatherford, Greenwood Elementary; Vanessa Harkless, Lester Elementary; Brandi McKay, McLaurin Elementary; Beth Davids, Moore Intermediate; Ramona Faison, North Vista Elementary; Ann Anderson, Royall Elementary; Kevin George, Rush Academy; Alexandra Sirbu-Green, Savannah Grove Elementary; Pamela M. Daniels, Sneed Middle; Roslynn Elom, South Florence High; Kelsey McGinty, Southside Middle; Lillian West, Timrod Elementary; Tamika Bacchus, Wallace-Gregg Elementary; Carla Summersett, West Florence High; Tracie Williams-Burns, Williams Middle; and Megerlyn Davis, Wilson High.