Welcome to this edition of #firstyearteacherme! We are collecting words of wisdom from NCCE friends, trainers, and staff to share with early career teachers and other educational professionals through our blog! Experience brings understanding, and we know that if we could do it all over again, we would all approach things in a bit of a different way! Today, we called on Shannon Davenport, technology integration coach, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, and NCCE trainer extraordinaire!

Shannon Then and Now

Shannon Then: “Teaching third grade at the age of 20 in the same elementary school I attended as a child, Woodlawn Elementary School in Woodlawn, TN. My childhood principal hired me right after graduation in December of 1996. The job interview consisting of one question, “Are you the best?”, and a teary-eyed new teacher hoping for any job replied, “Yes, I think so”. Shortly after that, I was escorted to a class that I would take over for a few weeks until the third-grade position opened, and as I was introduced to the class the last line from the principal was…. and she is not going home! Thus, began my love of teaching, soon after that I became the queen of the science fair and all things computers. I taught third grade, K-5 computer lab, and Kindergarten (the best grade level ever).”

Shannon Now: “Technology Integration Coach for Clarksville Montgomery County Schools with 21 years in education serving teachers and administrators to find the most effective technology and teaching practices to meet the needs of all learners.”

What I Really Wish I Had Known Early On

No one would have died if my bulletin boards weren’t the best on the block.  Just focus on student learning and building relationships. Never get too busy with all the things on your to do list to enjoy your students.”

Shannon’s Top 3 Pieces of Advice For First Year Teachers

  • Take every opportunity to grow professionally you are offered, never be afraid to stretch and grow. 
  • Collaborate with as many great educators as you can, there is always something to learn. 
  • Be the teacher you would want for your children, but be sure to take time to stop working and enjoy your family. 
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