Wentzville School District kindergarten teacher Hannah Davenport from Duello Elementary has received the Outstanding Teacher Award from the Missouri Staff Development Council (MSDC) for excellence in teaching.
This is Mrs. Davenport’s third year of teaching. Her colleague, Dani Todd, was so impressed with Mrs. Davenport’s instructional methods that she nominated her for the award.
“My colleague, Hannah Davenport, is an exceptional instructor,” said Todd. “She has something that the greatest teachers possess–the ability to make every student feel good about themselves. Her approach to teaching is to interweave their lives with the curriculum, giving them true purpose for their learning. She knows students individually and challenges them to high expectations. Her belief in them gives them the confidence to achieve their individualized goals.
“Hannah is a teacher who cries tears of happiness when talking about her students’ success and reflects on her own teaching when they do not.”
Davenport received her award on March 15 at the 19th Annual Show Me Professional Development Conference in Columbia, MO. The MSDC is one of the largest state affiliates of international Learning Forward (formerly known as the National Staff Development Council) with over 350 members across Missouri. The group advocates for high quality professional learning, which it defines as a “comprehensive, sustained and intensive approach to improving teachers’ and principals’ effectiveness in raising student achievement.”