VANDALIA – Rhonda Davis, a third grade teacher at Helke Elementary School, has been named the March Staff Member of the Month by the Vandalia-Butler City Schools. She was nominated by Principal Brian Tregoning.
“Mrs. Davis is a dedicated educator who continues to refine how she presents material and supports our educational goals,” said Tregoning. “She challenges herself to differentiate her instruction to meet the needs and abilities of each individual student.”
How long have you been teaching?
This is my 25th year.
Why did you become a teacher?
I have always enjoyed working with children. I love building their confidence and giving them strategies to learn things and do things they didn’t they could do.
Did you have a teacher who made an impact on you?
I have been fortunate to have had many wonderful teachers through the years. Each of those teachers had qualities that I admired, but there was one reoccurring quality that those special teachers possessed, their love for learning and the love they had for their students. This love is something I have always remembered and taken with me into my own classroom.
How would you describe your teaching philosophy?
As a teacher, I believe students don’t care how much we know until they know how much we care. This being said, my philosophy is simple. The first step in educating children is to win their hearts. I let my students know I care by providing a safe, supportive and respectful environment. Only after this occurs will a child feel safe enough to take the necessary risks required to learn. Next, I recognize all students CAN learn, they just don’t always do it the same way, at the same rate or on the same day. Therefore, I provide constant differentiation in my classroom. I have found by doing this, my students feel less frustration and have gained tremendous confidence. I love what differentiation has done for my classroom and my students.
How do you think your students would describe you?
I think my students would describe me as energetic, funny, caring and their #1 cheerleader who is always telling them they CAN do it!.
What do you hope your students take from your classroom?
I hope when my students leave my classroom they will leave with a love for learning that will last for a lifetime, along with the knowledge they have the power to do anything they want if they put in the work and never quit.