We Love Our Volunteers

We Love Our Volunteers
Posted on 11/07/2018
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“I can see you doing so much more.”

Those were the words of encouragement Sumer Davis heard last year from her principal, so that’s exactly what she made it her goal to do.

Beginning her 15th year in education, Davis has returned to Nacogdoches ISD where her teaching career began. In July, she accepted the position of the Parent Community Liaison for Emeline Carpenter Elementary School when Erin Windham moved into the newly created Parent & Patron Assistance Center coordinator position at the District Support Center.  

“Erin did an amazing job last year laying the foundation for Carpenter to become a campus with strong parental involvement,” Davis said. “I believe that it is not only important to make those connections with parents, but to also build relationships in which they feel like their contribution is valued.”

Davis’ position serves to generate more positive connections between parents and the school and to facilitate and promote an increase in their involvement in their child’s education. She will also partner with organizations and individual community members that are willing to serve as mentors to students or who would like to volunteer their time or services.

“I am at an advantage this year because I’m coming in with the knowledge of processes that could be improved upon along with others that were beneficial in the retention of family involvement throughout the year,” Davis said.

Davis began working with community organizations and volunteers in July to plan Carpenter’s Back-to-School Bash in which teachers distributed backpacks with supplies that were donated to the students by the Boys and Girls Club. Carpenter Principal Lola Moore believes that the liaison position is essential in creating and planning activities that bring parents into the school and get them involved.

“This year started out very positive with staff, parents and children all celebrating the beginning of the school year and creating a fun, festive atmosphere working as a team,” Moore said. “When you get parents involved they feel like they are partners with the educators and have a more positive attitude about the staff working with their students. Ms. Davis’s transition has been seamless. We have many new staff members along with new parents and we are working toward forming new educational partnerships.”

Currently Davis is continuing to focus on gaining community involvement in mentorships for the campus and pursuing an increase of parental involvement in campus organizations. She plans to create a Watch DOGS (Dads of Great Students) to increase male involvement and presence at the school.

Davis has 14 years of classroom experience ranging from the elementary level through high school, five of which were spent at Carpenter where she served as a campus ambassador for Friends of Texas Public Schools. She has Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications, a Masters in Elementary Education and obtained post graduate hours in Administration. She has been actively involved in education and her community holding prior positions in the PTA, serving as Vice President of Cushing’s Little Dribblers Association, coaching her son’s basketball team and volunteering as an annual VBS leader.

Carpenter Elementary will hold its second Dragon Dinner on Nov. 8, and NISD social worker Eddie Harwell will present his Empowering Parents Training session. On Monday, Nov. 12, Carpenter will hold Bring-A-Vet-To-Lunch Day, and on Nov. 13, the school host a car seat drive at Iron Will Baptist Church. On Dec. 1, Carpenter will partner with Fredonia Elementary to present the Dragon Parent Academy.

 

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