By Robbie Ward
TUPELO – Sherry Davis left her students with another instructor at Tupelo’s Itawamba Community College campus briefly on Tuesday evening while she ran a quick errand – she drove to the City Council meeting for a vote appointing her to the school board.
Davis, 47, a lifelong Tupelo resident and a veteran teacher in the Tupelo Public School District, was supported unanimously to fill the remainder of a term that ends in March 2015.
Her roles through years in the school district have included student, teacher and parent.
“If those qualifications were not enough, she has received numerous teaching awards and recognition,” Mayor Jason Shelton told council members. “I’m very proud to nominate someone of her stature and qualifications.”
Her honors and professional development include receiving the Walmart Phi Delta Kappa national teacher of the year award in 2003 and attending a molecular biology workshop at Princeton University in 2010. Davis earned a graduate degree in educational leadership and a bachelor’s degree in general science from the University of Mississippi.
Her appointment fills the vacancy left when Beth Stone resigned in October to spend more time with family.
Davis’ husband, former Ward 5 Councilman Jonny Davis, and her son, Benjamin, a Tupelo High School senior sat next to her at the council meeting, watching as elected officials showered her with compliments.
Council President Nettie Davis, a retired art teacher and no relation to the school board nominee, said the school district has a capable member.
“I’m very proud to vote for her,” Davis said.
After she was formally appointed, Sherry Davis stood and spoke to the council.
“The Tupelo Public School District has been my home,” she said. “I can’t think of more of an honor than to serve the school system that has done so much for me.”
A few moments later, she snuck out of the meeting and returned to her class.