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STEM teacher helps put Page County on map

Stanley Elementary School earns Virginia Children's Engineering Council (VCEC) 2017 program and teacher of the year awards

STANLEY, VA (January 27, 2017) – Every year during its annual convention, the VCEC honors one elementary technology and engineering program and one elementary technology teacher with special awards: the Elementary Program Excellence Award and the Elementary Teacher Excellence Award. This year, both awards will reside in Page County, Virginia.

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Sponsored by Pitsco Education, the VCEC Program Excellence Award recognizes an outstanding program in the elementary technology and engineering field. The Program Excellence Award this year will go to Stanley Elementary School, and the Teacher Excellence Award will be presented to Stanley's STEM Specialist Kelley Davis.

Davis, who has been teaching elementary education for 18 years, is a relatively new convert to STEM education. "I began incorporating children's engineering in my second-grade classroom four years ago," she explained. Although she started with just an old storage closet and a few supplies, her enthusiasm eventually convinced her principal to allow her to convert an unused portable trailer into a STEM lab, and she began stocking it with supplies, an endeavor that received a nice assist from a $5,000 grant from CenturyLink.

Davis is in good company as a VCEC Teacher Excellence Award winner. Past honorees include 2009 winner Cindy Jones, who created Pitsco's STEM in the Gym program among other products, last year's winner, Winslow Hobbie from Woolridge Elementary School in Chesterfield County, and many others.

"Never did I ever expect to receive such a huge award," said Davis, "especially coming from a small, rural county in Virginia. In my mind, I had not done anything extraordinary. I love my students; I love to make class fun for them. If they have fun, then I have fun."

Davis said the added bonus of Stanley Elementary winning the Program Excellence Award has brought a sense of pride to the community. "It's great to see school board members, other teachers, parents, and students get excited about the award. They are often quoted as saying, 'Page County is finally on the map!'"

Davis and Stanley Elementary will receive their awards during the VCEC Convention February 9-10, 2017. By winning the state awards, both the school and Davis are also up for the National ITEEA Program and Teacher of the Year Awards. Winners of those titles will be announced at the 2017 conference slated for March 16-18, 2017, in Dallas, Texas.

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