3/28/2012 12:45:00 PM Scootney's Lisa Davis honored in big way
Lisa Davis (center) had some help celebrating her award March 13 from Christina A. Valeo, PhD, chair of the EWU department of Education, KHQ’s Stephanie Vigil and Dan Kleckner and student Macy Hampton. Photo by Briana Alzola.
Excitement bustled throughout the gym at Scootney Springs Elementary school March 13, as students and teachers alike waited for the big news, the reason they had been assembled. Principal Gary Street took the microphone, announcing he needed some special guests to help share the announcement. In came Dan Kleckner and Stephanie Vigil, from KHQ in Spokane. They came to present one of Scootney's own with the Teacher of the Month award, an award they give out in conjunction with Eastern Washington University. Lisa Davis' jaw dropped open as Vigil announced her name and let the school know that one of Davis' fifth-grade students thought she was the best of the best. "She's a really awesome teacher," Macy Hampton, the nominating student, said. "She has a lot of respect for everyone and she's nice all the time." Vigil announced that Hampton's essay on Davis helped them pick her out of all the teachers in the entire region KHQ covers. Hampton wrote her essay about Davis in the hopes her teacher would be honored, but she didn't think she would be chosen, she said. When she saw Vigil walk through the door, she started getting excited, she said. She shared a story about Davis, one of the reasons she thought she should be nominated. A dad of one of the boys in Davis' class broke his arm at work, Hampton said. When Davis found out, she went over to their house with a pizza, trying to help out someone she doesn't even know, Hampton said. Hampton's sister had Davis when she was in fifth grade, too, she said, so even though she's only had her for a few months, she knows her. Othello School District superintendent George Juarez agreed with Hampton that Davis deserved the award. "When I think of the word 'teacher,' I think of Lisa Davis," he said. She is the epitome of what it means to be an educator, she's dedicated to her students and school, she comes in early to make sure everything is done right and is always available for students or parents who need her. It's easy to see why Davis' students love her, assistant superintendent Mike Villarreal said. "She has a tender heart for these kids," he said. She is willing to do whatever it takes to help these students be successful, he said. The district is lucky to have her, Villarreal said. "We're glad she's one of us here in Othello," he said.