Known as a teacher who worked hard to instill a love of learning in children, Deborah Ann Davenport continues to thrive as a teacher at Aoy Elementary School. She started in the role in 1994, backed by her prior experience as a teacher at Alamo School between 1985 and 1994. Although Ms. Davenport finds her profession to be challenging, she also finds it very rewarding, and feels that it has taught her a lot. One of the most important things she’s learned is how to be flexible and think outside of the box; every class of students is different, so what works may vary year to year. The best part of her career is watching the faces of her students light up when they capture various concepts.
Ms. Davenport prepared for her endeavors by earning a Master of Education in curriculum and instruction from Grand Canyon University in 2007, certification in kindergarten endorsement in 1990, and a Bachelor of Arts in science education from The University of Texas at El Paso in 1984. To keep in touch with her peers, she joined Alpha Delta Kappa. She served the organization as treasurer from 2004 to 2006 and has served as the president since 2008.
As a testament to her success, Ms. Davenport was named Teacher of the Day by El Paso Times in 1998. She was also featured among the pages of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, and Who’s Who of American Women. If she could offer advice to the younger generations, it would be to expect the unexpected, because dealing with children requires creativity and flexibility.