ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Tiffany Davis, a Fifth grade math teacher at Helmwood Heights Elementary School, was honored Wednesday with the WHAS-TV ExCel Award, in the school that she once attended as a student.
Davis said in her application for the award that she actually began to excel as a student when her parents and teachers decided that she should repeat second grade.
The problem was not academic. Davis made good grades but she was younger than the other students and needed to find a comfort level with her teacher and fellow students.
She was able to create a positive relationship with her new teacher that year, and Davis says it's her goal today to create a classroom environment where kids feel comfortable and learn to their potential.
Principal Michelle Hart says Davis spends a lot of her time in the summers improving her teaching skills to become the best possible teacher.
The ExCel Award committee agreed today that Davis is the best teacher this year in the E-Town Independent School District.
Davis went through an exhaustive three part process to be chosen for the ExCel. Committees reviewed her written application, and conducted an interview process for each teacher. Finally, a separate committee observed Davis' math instruction in the classroom.
She is the 23rd teacher to be inducted into the ExCel Hall of Fame in Elizabethtown.