The Children's Museum Houston recently honored 12 Houston ISD teachers with its annual Marian and Speros Martel Early Childhood Educator Award. Garden Oaks Montessori Magnet (GOMM) teacher Faith Davis was the sole area teacher to be recognized.
The winners of the award are pre-K through third-grade teachers who exemplify excellence in the classroom. Nominated by either parents, principals or others aware of their classroom work, they were selected by a committee of educators.
GOMM Instructional Specialist Angela Borzon nominated Davis.
“She has just brought so much life to the virtual environment,” Borzon said. “She is a virtual teacher whose students are all virtual. Just about any day, you can find her leading her class from her butterfly garden or near some beautiful artwork.”
Borzon said Davis has gone above and beyond in creating relationships with the students and helping them maintain a true sense of community despite the distance.
“She is really magical in engaging students and creating enthusiasm for new ideas and research,” she said. “My own child is in her class and he’s new to the school this year, and virtual, and she has really made him feel like he’s part of the family.”
Davis has been a teacher for 37 years and always in the Montessori program. Eleven of those years have been at Garden Oaks Montessori as a lower elementary teacher of first, second, and third grades combined in a classroom.
She has also served as a teacher trainer and a field consultant for the Houston Montessori Center at the early childhood and elementary Levels for the past 20 years.
“I love learning and watching others learn,” Davis said. “I love being instrumental in positive forces of child development. Maria Montessori said our work is ‘to educate the human potential.’ I love that life-affirming outlook.”
Davis said the Children’s Museum acknowledgment inspires her to continue her mission.
“We are all unique and essential in the cosmic plan where love and learning win,” she said.
All winners will receive a $100 honorarium from the Children’s Museum and will be featured on their Facebook page during April and May.
“Early childhood education is vitally important for laying the foundation of future success for our students, and that is why we are so proud of these outstanding teachers,” HISD Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan said. “They will have an impact on the lives of our children for decades to come, and I congratulate them on being selected for this well-deserved award.”