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.



Specialist Degree, Troy University, 2008

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

Georgia Master Teacher (2006 - Present)

Mentor Teacher

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

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.