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Davis of Chesapeake Wins VEA ESP of the Year Award

Rena Davis, a special education teacher assistant at Thurgood Marshall Elementary School in Chesapeake, has been named the Virginia Education Association's Education Support Professional (ESP) of the Year.

In her 26 years of service to the children of Chesapeake Public Schools (CPS), Davis (pictured at right with VEA President Kitty Boitnott) has become known for her warmth and compassion. "She is a truly caring and sincere individual," said Malia Huddle, president of the Chesapeake Education Association (CEA). "Her love is evident in the way she conducts herself in the classroom and through her daily interactions with anyone who crosses her path."

Davis has served CPS and CEA in a number of capacities over the years. She mentors new teachers and ESPs and is currently a member of the VEA Board of Directors and the CEA Political Action Committee and Lobby Team. She's also active for ESPs on the national level as a member of the National Education Association's ESP Caucus.

Before coming to Thurgood Marshall, Davis was also a teacher assistant at the city's Preschool Center and at Central Elementary School (now called Deep Creek Central).

In accepting her award at the VEA convention in Virginia Beach, Davis praised the cooperative spirit among all staff at Thurgood Marshall. "We are all a piece of the puzzle; success in our jobs truly involves teamwork," she said.

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