Stanley Elementary teacher, school, garner state recognition

Page News and Courier

STANLEY ― A Stanley Elementary teacher this month garnered state recognition for Elementary Teacher Excellence.

During the Virginia Children's Engineering Council's annual convention on Feb. 9 and 10, second-grade Stanley Elementary School teacher Kelley Davis was recognized for receiving the Virginia Elementary Teacher Excellence Award ― the highest state honor given to technology and engineering education teachers. Stanley Elementary additionally was recognized for winning the Elementary Program Excellence Award. The awards, sponsored by Pitsco Education, were announced in August during a Virginia Technology and Engineering Education Association conference.

“For Kelley Davis, STEM and children’s engineering is more than just a teaching focus ― it is a passion,” according to a news release issued in August by Page County Public Schools.

Davis, an 18-year elementary teacher, began incorporating children's engineering in her classroom four years ago.

“Although she started with just an old storage closet and a few supplies, her enthusiasm eventually convinced her principal to allow her to convert an unused portable trailer into a STEM lab,” according to a Jan. 27 news release issued by Pitsco.

In May, Davis was awarded a $5,000 grant from the CenturyLink Foundation's Teachers and Technology program to help fund the local program.

Both Davis and Stanley Elementary are up for the National ITEEA Program and Teacher of the Year awards, which will be announced at a conference next month in Dallas, Texas. Davis will be attending the conference thanks to a donation through Pitsco, she said.

“Never did I ever expect to receive such a huge award,” said Davis. “I love my students. I love to make class fun for them. If they have fun, then I have fun.”

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