The Teacher's Desk

Jacquie's Gold Stars

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Each month I honor an individual, team, program, school, or piece of legislation that is helping to promote a quality education for kids. I welcome your nomination for this honor, and I will consider thoughtfully any name(s) you recommend. You can use the "Contact " link to make a nomination. Please explain why you think your nominee should be honored, and let me know how I can contact you for verification. And if you're one of a group that has gone the extra mile, tell me about it. It doesn't hurt to blow your own horn once in awhile. And besides, nobody will ever accuse you of bragging because I don't ever reveal the nominator's name.


September's Gold Star goes to...

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Leah Davies

Bend, Oregon

Leah Davies, a certified teacher, counselor, prevention specialist, parent, and grandparent, has been dedicated to the well-being of children for 44 years. Her professional experience includes teaching, counseling, consulting, instructing at Auburn University, and directing educational and prevention services at a mental health agency.

Leah's down-to-earth, common sense articles have appeared in The American School Counseling Association Counselor, The School Counselor, Elementary School Guidance and Counseling Journal, Early Childhood News, and the National Head Start Association Journal. She has presented workshops at the American School Counselor Association; Association for Childhood Education International; National Association for the Education of Young Children; National Child Care Association; National Head Start Association; and the National School-Age Child Care Alliance Conference.

Leah, the founder of Kelly Bear materials, has made available 75 of her most helpful and popular articles free of charge. Her topics range from "Aggressive Girls" to "Words That Inspire," and can be reprinted by "all individuals interested in the well-being of children." Go to to access her very powerful thoughts and experiences.

I have not met Leah personally, but she is definitely one of my idols. She is a "kid advocate" in the truest sense of the word, and her suggestions and recommendations come not from the ivory tower, but through experience. And that, my friends, merits a big fat Gold Star.

Thank you, Leah Davies. You are a role model for all who work with and love kids.


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