WITN'S Teacher of the Week: Erin Davis from W.H. Robinson Elementary School

PITT COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - WITN's Teacher of the Week for December 20 is Erin Davis from W.H. Robinson Elementary School in Winterville.

Davis is in her eleventh year of teaching and has taught first, second and third grades. She graduated from East Carolina University in 2005 with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and went into banking. After a year, she decided to go back to school to follow her heart and become a teacher. Davis graduated from ECU with my Master's in Teaching in 2007. In addition to teaching, Davis has served as grade level chair and the third grade representative on the School Improvement Team. She has also been a clinical teacher for ECU interns over the last three years to help them develop into successful teachers.

Davis writes, "There are so many reasons that I love teaching elementary school, but mainly it's just that kids can be so amazing and I get to experience that every day that I go to work. My goal each year is to develop a team atmosphere in my classroom and teach my students to support each other and work hard for their goals. I love watching my students encourage one another and work together to complete tasks. We have fun while learning!"

The person who nominted Davis wrote: From the beginning of the school year, Ms. Davis has established a warm and inviting classroom. My daughter has really connected with her, which at this age is very important for students to learn. She does not use typical methods of discipline such as quiet lunch or laps at recess, but instead encourages students with positive reinforcement. My daughter has a nut allergy, and Ms. Davis called even before school started to ensure my daughter's safety when another student had a birthday. She has shared tips and understanding. I have been very impressed with Ms. Davis, but this week has taken this to a whole other level. Tuesday night my daughter broke her arm and we found out she needed surgery. I emailed Ms. Davis early Wednesday morning to let her know to which she quickly responded with words of concern. Thursday night Ms. Davis called to see how my daughter was and follow up (we were still at the hospital) and that night she came to visit! She brought my daughter a small goodie bag and spent a few minutes chatting with her. This made my daughter so happy even though she said it was "strange to see her teacher outside of school." When we arrived home on Friday from the hospital we found that each student in the class had made a card for my daughter. Over the weekend I followed up with Ms. Davis to prepare for my daughter to return to school. Her response to the question about a writing assignment (my daughter broke her dominant arm) was that she didn't want homework to stress her out. Ms. Davis is a wonderful teacher to all the students. This week she went way above and beyond what is expected inside the classroom."

Congratulations Erin Davis!

Every week during the school year WITN will recognize a Teacher of the Week on WITN News at Sunrise. The winner receives a plaque and $100 Walmart gift card. To nominate your teacher, email TOTW@witn.com.