The staff and students at Anson County Early College celebrate the news that their beloved principal, Deborah Flowers Davis, has been named Anson County Principal of the Year.
When developing the concept of early colleges, the New Schools Project identified Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships as the key elements in a school’s success. Davis has successfully established these three factors as the foundation for Anson County Early College.
Davis challenges both staff and students by enforcing a rigorous curriculum. Tracy Small, a science teacher at the early college, shared that “Mrs. Davis is constantly challenging us to teach differently and to never stop learning. We are encouraged to think outside the box and to share our methodologies with each other. It is Mrs. Davis’ leadership that pushes us to provide the best learning opportunities for all students.”
Tymesha Melton, a junior at ACEC, believes that this is why “Mrs. Davis is the core of Anson County Early College because she strives to give the best to her staff and her students.” In return, Mrs. Davis expects the best from them as well which creates rigor. “She has faith in us, even when we don’t have faith in ourselves. She always pushes us to our full potential,” shares Amber Thomas another ACEC junior.
Davis has worked hard as a principal to prepare her students for the “real world.” She is passionate about the early college program because of the opportunities it provides for the students. She has implemented several successful programs to ensure that students have real world experiences such as Career Development, Job Shadowing, and Interdisciplinary. Davis does not just support students in becoming better students but in becoming better citizens. “She believes that a rigorous academic atmosphere prepares our students as 21st century learners and aids them in their future careers after graduation,” says ACEC math teacher Kristin Park.
Corey Lowery, a freshman at ACEC, also stressed how Davis helps prepare the students for the real world because “she demands manners and that will serve us for the rest of our lives.”
Time and again, her students revealed that what makes Davis truly stand out as a principal is her relationship with them. “She is always concerned about her students. If any of us need money, she will give us some. If any of us have a problem, we can always go to her. She treats us as if we were her own children. She can be strict at times, but only because she wants nothing but the best for us,” Jamila Marsh said. And Destiny Little stated that “she has a connection with each and every one of [her] students, and I find that very amazing with the many duties she has.”
Overwhelmingly, it is her relationships with staff and students that drive the success of the early college. Bonnie McMurray, an English teacher at the school, said, “Working for a leader who values and appreciates you is a pleasure! Mrs. Davis has established a climate of excellence in everything she does. It is infectious! It overflows into every aspect of the school. None of us, students or staff, want to disappoint or let her down.”
While it is wonderful to have her recognized for her achievements, the greatest honor is having her as a principal. Kacie Winfield, a junior at ACEC said, “She helps, protects, provides, and has faith and hope for the entire student body.”
“One of the qualities I most admire about Mrs. Davis is that she makes us feel like a family. She always has a smile on her face that reassures me that everything will be all right. She has a sweet soul and a sweet spirit. This all proves to me that she loves us,” concluded Karisma Lisenby, a ninth-grader.
In the eyes of her staff and students, Davis is Principal of the Year every year.
Deborah Flowers Davis is a native Ansonian. She is is the daughter of the late Haze H. Flowers Sr. and Bessie S. Flowers, who resides in Wadesboro. Davis married her high school sweetheart Willie Davis and they have been married for 27 years. Davis has been in education for 32 years, serving as health and physical education teacher, assistant principal, and principal. She coached AHS Varsity Cheerleaders for 13years. Davis attends Gatewood Station AME Zion Church in Morven, serving as the Christian Education Director and is a member of the Second Sunday Church Choir. Her pastor is Reverend David T. Richardson. Her favorite scripture is Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Davis will be competing in the regional Principal of the Year competition in Davidson on Dec. 16. Good luck, Mrs. Davis! We love you!