TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- The Tupelo Public School District could have a new Board of Trustees member as early as Tuesday evening. Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton announced late last week his nominee for the open position, Sherry Davis.
“I met with several people on it, but in the end, I just thought that Sherry was a perfect choice,” said Shelton.
“Sherry has been a student, a teacher and a parent in the Tupelo Public School District, and I think that, that will just be an invaluable amount of experience to bring to the school board,” added Shelton.
Davis has a strong educational background. She received a degree in biology and in business administration and a masters degree in educational leadership. In 2003, Davis was recognized as National Teacher of the Year. She taught at Tupelo Middle School and Tupelo High School. Today, Davis is an instructor of biology at Itawamba Community College.
“I feel like it’s a calling. They called upon me for this service, and my heart is in Tupelo. I’ve always lived in Tupelo, I’m a product of the Tupelo Public School District and it’s a matter of giving back when called upon,“ said Davis.
Davis has been an educator for 20 years now and says she’s both honored and excited to be called upon for the position. Davis shared several goals she hopes to achieve if she's named a board member.
“I’d like to be a support system not only for the students but for the teachers, give the teachers a voice and to be able to work with parents as a sounding board,” said Davis.
The Tupelo City Council will have its official vote on Davis's nomination Tuesday evening during its meeting.