Central's Davis receives geography teaching award

posted Aug 9, 2017, 1:22 PM by Granger Meador
Central Middle School Geography Teacher Brian Davis has been award a K­­12 Distinguished Teaching Award by the National Council for Geographic Education. Davis received his award at a special ceremony held on July 29, 2017 at the National Conference on Geography Education in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Mr. Davis was nominated for the award by Gary Gress, the director of the Oklahoma Alliance for Geographic Education and President of the National Alliance for Geographic Education. Mr. Davis is a teacher consultant for the Oklahoma group and has presented at their state conference. 

The nomination process included a review of the classroom and evaluation practices of Mr. Davis as well as his professional accolades and involvement. Various district personnel and patrons provided letters of recommendation.

Mr. Davis is starting his fifth year of teaching the Eastern Hemisphere Geography course at Central Middle School. Prior to that he taught sixth grade math at Madison Middle School and fifth grade at Jane Phillips Elementary School. In addition to his classes, Mr. Davis is Central's webmaster and instructional technology assistant, providing technology training to his colleagues. He is a building coordinator in his subject, serves on the leadership team at the school, and is the academic team leader for 7th Grade Team I at Central.

Brian is married to Heather Davis, who teaches 7th Grade Language Arts at Central. They have two daughters: Hadley is a junior at Bartlesville High School, and Briley is an eighth grader at Central. In their spare time, Brian and Heather like to travel to softball tournaments to watch Briley pitch with her competitive team, and they like to take road trips with Hadley.

For over 100 years the National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) has worked to enhance the status and quality of geography teaching and learning at all levels of instruction. Through its awards program, NCGE recognizes excellence in geography teaching, mentoring, research, instructional design, and service. 

“Each year we are impressed by the level of innovation, quality, and creativity of all our award nominees,” said Mr. Zachary R. Dulli, Chief Executive Officer, National Council for Geographic Education. "Understanding our world is critical to a high-quality education, and these award winners represent the best of the best in providing that to our
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