All About Mrs. McDavid

     My name is Karen McDavid and I teach third grade at Midland Academy in Midland, Georgia.  I have a Specialist Degree in Elementary Education from Troy University and am certified to teach Elementary Education Pre-K through grade 8.  I am also a Certified Master Teacher in the State of Georgia as well as a teacher mentor for my school district.  Continuing my own education is very important to me.  I enjoy taking Staff Development classes and attending conferences.  There is always something new and exciting to bring back to the classroom.    

     After teaching second grade for nine years, I moved up to third grade and have thoroughly enjoyed the curriculum.  Teaching is a dream come true for me.  I have wanted to be a teacher since the age of three.  I wake up each morning excited about the school day.  I find teaching a rewarding and inspiring experience.  Each day holds new challenges that inspire me to become a better teacher.

  

Accomplishments

DEGREES:
Specialist Degree, Troy University, 2008

Master's Degree, Troy University, 2005
Bachelor's Degree, Troy University, 2002

CERTIFICATIONS:
Georgia Master Teacher (2006 - Present)

Mentor Teacher

PUBLICATIONS:
Thesis: The Effects of Comprehension Strategy Instruction on Second Grade Students

AWARDS:
Dimon Magnet Academy Teacher of the Year, 2012
Golden Apple Award Nominee, 2008
Golden Apple Award Nominee, 2007


About My Life

     I grew up in a small town nestled in the country.  There were a lot of farms surrounding our home and there was a small cow pasture next door.  When we bought our home in Smiths several years ago, I was thrilled when I found out that I would be required to drive by a cow pasture every day on my way to work.  There is something very peaceful about cows grazing in a pasture.

     I had the good fortune to attend a small public school in Thorsby, Alabama.  My graduating class was only 35 students. I attended kindergarten with the same people I graduated with. We remained close throughout our school days. It was a wonderful experience. Even more rewarding is that I have been able to reconnect with my school chums through Facebook.

     I am happily married to my husband, Scott, who is truly my best friend.   My husband is the Vice President of Landscaping for Flournoy Development, a property management company here in Columbus.  He is also a private pilot.  

     On April 29, 2009, my husband and I welcomed our son. He is the joy of our lives. His name is Stephen and he is now 4 years old. He is very inquisitive and loves books. Because I introduced Stephen to my love of cows as an infant, he too loves cows and can spot a cow a mile away.

     I love animals of all kinds (even bugs).  I am quick to share my experiences with my students and will often bring their attention to a unique bug or frog.  I grew up having cats and dogs as pets and currently own a 1-year old, male, beagle named Luke. We adopted Luke from PAWS of Columbus. Luke is a great friend to Stephen. They are best buddies and spend a lot of time together.

     I have two brothers (Kevin and Kyle) and a sister (Kim).  I also have a niece (Brittany) and four nephews (Tyler, Ethan, Ryan, and Logan).  

     I grew up working in my grandfather's peach orchard in Thorsby, Alabama.  There is nothing better than a peach picked directly from the tree.  It's warm and juicy and you'll never find anything like it in a store.  I miss those times on the farm, but I have memories that will last a lifetime.  My grandfather always took the time to share nature with me.  I remember once  when he took my brother and I down to the far side of the farm to show us a rabbit den.  There were little baby rabbits tucked inside.  I was around six at the time.  It's a memory I'll never forget.

As a teacher, I want to bring that same sense of wonder and excitement to the children in my classroom.

   

 

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