After 25 years in the classroom, Dannette Bowers-Davis has become a reputable part of the Hart County Charter System, making a positive impact on hundreds of high school students. It was with great pleasure today, Nov. 16, 2018, that School Superintendent Jay Floyd opened an envelope to reveal Bowers-Davis as the school system-wide Hart County Schools Teacher of the Year.
To be named as the system wide teacher of the year, nominees submitted video and went through an interview with three out-of-county panel judges. Bowers-Davis will now move on to the state level Teacher of the Year competition. The state winner will be revealed in the spring.
Having taught World History, Civics/Government and U.S. History at Hart County High School, Bowers-Davis has spent more than two decades educating Hartwell students. She is motivated daily by watching her students unveil the history behind their country, piecing apart the backbone of America and helping high school students connect the dots that make up the fabric of the nation.
“I love seeing students’ eyes when the lightbulb goes off when they understand the many concepts we have to cover,” she said. “U.S. History allows me to delve deep into the students’ minds and allow them to think critically.”
Known throughout the school system for her catch phrase, “Back that thang up,” Bowers-Davis is not only a character with a kind heart, she is a force field of energy, which ensures her students never leave her classroom without a passion for learning.
“Even though I have five years before I can retire, I still see myself in Room 207 saying, ‘back that thang up’,” she said. “This is a phrase I have used for years to explain to my students that they must provide evidence to prove their statements. Therefore, I see myself in education teaching the children of my former students.”
Bowers-Davis has been married to William Davis, deputy sheriff for Elbert County’s Sheriff’s Department, for 22 years, and has three children: Brandi Davis, Corey Davis and Paul Davis. As well as an excellent teacher, she is likewise an excellent coach, serving as assistant coach for the girl’s basketball team at Hart County High School.
Also nominated for Teacher of the Year were Kimberley Ayers, kindergarten teacher at South Hart Elementary School; Stacy Martin, special education teacher at North Hart Elementary School; Andrea Gibbs, a third grade teacher at Hartwell Elementary School; and Kelley Gaines, an engineering and video production teacher at Hart County Middle School.
The current ESPLOST V referendum will be presented to Hart County voters on the upcoming November 6 ballot. ESPLOST V is a continuation of the one-penny sales tax, which has been in place in Hart County for 20 years and supports the school system’s efforts to continually improve educational efforts within our county.
ESPLOST V projects will allow the Hart County Charter System to enhance student safety and security, replace outdated technology, prepare for growth, and maintain current facilities.
The facts and information about the ESPLOST V can be found on our website, at ESPLOST V, under the programs tab. We encourage you to learn more about ESPLOST V before you head to the polls on November 6.
“A Parent’s Guide to Raising Digital Natives” was broadcast on Facebook LIVE, on Oct. 25. The show was provided by Pioneer RESA and was hosted by Brian Buffington, Director of Instructional Technology, GBI Cyber Safety Certified.
As technology advances, so does the need for parental education on topics of digital living and cyber safety. Buffington covered topics such as social media, cyberbullying, gaming, sexting (sharing of nude photos), privacy and security, and other helpful tips for navigating the world of social media in the modern era. Parents, grandparents and guardians were given the opportunity to tune in live during the broadcast, to ask questions and communicate with other viewers.
Now, the live broadcast is available for further review or for future viewing for those unable to tune in to the Oct. 25 event or for those who wish to re-watch the live broadcast. Below are three different ways parents/guardians can watch the recorded/archived videos in English or Spanish.
A parent survey link regarding the session will also be active until the end of December. The parent survey can be found here: bit.ly/2018facebooklive
Sept. 21, 2018-- Hart County Charter School System leaders are proud to announce their selections for the 2020 Teacher of the Year award. Selected among this year’s crowded field of talented teachers at the school system’s five schools are Andrea Gibbs, Hartwell Elementary School; Stacy Martin, North Hart Elementary School; Kimberly Ayers, South Hart Elementary School; Kelly Gaines, Hart County Middle School; Dannette Bowers-Davis, Hart County High School.
In the course of the next five weeks, the Hart County Charter System will provide weekly information posts about each teacher, profiling their background, areas of interest and why they love being a part of the Hart County educational experience. Hart County Charter System officials are excited to celebrate these five outstanding teachers and highlight their hard work and dedication to the students of Hart County.