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Teacher of the Day

Name:  LaTonya Davis

School:  Paul Public Charter School

Subject:  Social Studies and U.S. History

State:  Washington, D.C.

What or who inspired you to become a teacher?

I became inspired to become a teacher after working as a Program Instructor with the Close Up Foundation. 

How are things different for you now, compared to when you first started teaching?

The use of new technology has allowed me to incorporate my Web site and Power Points into my classroom teaching, whereas I used to write everything on paper. 

What advice would you give to a new or struggling teacher?

I would tell him/her to show your personality to students, be consistent with classroom management, give praise, and know that it is okay to change your lesson plans during a lesson.

My best day in the classroom was when…

my students told me that they liked the way I teach (we use a composition notebook to do projects as lessons) and they liked learning something new in Social Studies (i.e., why Juneteenth is celebrated in my hometown of Houston, TX).

The best compliment I ever received was...

being voted a class's favorite teacher and my parents giving me an Edible Arrangement Fruit Basket for Teacher's Month.

What's your favorite part of the school year?

I enjoy the beginning of the school year because it's new and it's my first time to introduce our affirmation with my History Scholars. Our affirmation is, "I make history every day by what I choose to do and say."

What is your one must-have item for the classroom?

Social Studies Interactive Notebook and green pen for grading.

What do you eat for breakfast on school days?

Usually fruit, water or orange juice and maybe eggs.

What movie or TV show do you secretly love?

"Celebrity Apprentice" and "Super Why"


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