Seven local educators from the Baldwin County Schools were recognized as candidates for the systemwide 2014 Teacher of the Year award Thursday evening, but only one was chosen for the prestigious title.
When Superintendent Geneva Braziel announced Kachari Davis as this year’s system Teacher of the Year award recipient, the Baldwin High School Fine Arts auditorium filled with applause and cheering.
Davis, a native of Hancock County, has been an educator for 13 years. She has taught kindergarten, fifth grade and eighth grade subjects.
“In the end it’s all about the kids and doing what’s best for them,” she said when reflecting on her teaching experience.
Braziel presented Davis with gifts from local vendors such as Captain D’s, Pickle Barrel, Coca-Cola and Flowers By Jeanie. Davis was also awarded a $500 check from Louie Herron Toyota.
After receiving her award, she was joined on stage by her sister who assured her that their mother, who is no longer with them, was looking down on her and was very proud of her accomplishments as a teacher.
“It’s a surreal moment,” said Davis. “I’m humbly honored to have been chosen, but as the saying goes let the work I’ve done speak for itself.”
Administrators recognized the Teacher of the Year from their respective schools included: Joan Wilson from Blandy Hills Elementary School, Kachari Davis from Creekside Elementary School, Keith Pruett from Eagle Ridge Elementary School, Jan Anderson from Midway Elementary School, Adam Argoe from Oak Hill Middle School, Stephen Turner from Baldwin High School and Maxine Woodberry from the Early Learning Center.
Davis graduated from Georgia Military College in 1996 as an honor graduate, receiving a bachelor’s degree in middle grades education. In 2003, she attended Georgia College and received her specialist’s degree. In the same year she also received a master’s of education in early childhood degree from Troy State University.
Most recently, she has completed coursework for curriculum and instructional leadership concentration as a candidate in the doctorate of education program at Nova Southeastern University. She is a member of Georgia Association of Educators (GAE) and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.
“Her journey is far from over. She now has to prepare for another round of competition,” said Braziel referring to Davis’ candidacy for Georgia Teacher of the Year.
Davis said she feels teaching is her true calling and she will continue to work hard to push her students to achieve higher levels of excellence every year.
For video footage of Thursday's ceremony, see below.