Local teacher named Educator of the Year

July 31, 2013 by  

A teacher from Dedham might have reason to arrange a new business card printing order, after scooping an Educator of the Year award.

Carmen Davies, a teacher of mathematics at the Urban Science Academy, was one of only 14 individuals to claim the award, which was given out by Boston Public Schools.

What makes Davis’ award all the more remarkable is that she has only held the job for five years. Hailing from Memphis, Tennessee, she admits that her initial plan was not to stay in Massachusetts for long, but her fondness for the school convinced her otherwise. Talking about her job, she said:

“I really fell in love with where I worked so it was really difficult to leave.

“I felt a family and community atmosphere.”

The awards were given out after nominees were sought earlier this year. The independent committee that decides who should be given the prestigious title looks for teachers who build up strong bonds with both parents and pupils, bring passion and creativity to their job, and go the extra mile by getting involved in extra-curricular activities.

In Davis’ case, nothing sums this up more than the fact that she was volunteering at a school ice cream social event at the time she was informed of her award via email – news she says she met by feeling both thrilled and humbled.

Davis, along with her fellow Educators of the Year, received the award last month at the CitI Performing Arts Center.