Golden Apple: A special teacher for special needs

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MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — It took a fake meeting of all of the resource teachers at Mobile County Public Schools to set a time to surprise Johnny Davis, this week’s Golden Apple Award winner.

Davis has been in education for 31 years and she is a staunch advocate for making sure special needs kids in public school get the support they need to get an equal and quality education.

“We don’t have an intellectual disability lane…we don’t have a specific learning disability avenue–we all need to learn together to work together,” says Davis.

April Jackson has known Davis for 13 years. They met when Davis began working with Jackson’s daughter. Jackson nominated her for the award.

“Everything that my daughters needed, Ms. Davis has advocated for her to receive it, as far as instructional as well as equipment inside of the school for her,” said Jackson.

Advocating for special needs students isn’t going to stop once Davis retires as a resource teacher, either.

“When I finish this chapter, I’m going to be Johnny Davis, Special Education consultant and family ministry because I’m going to still always work with families and students.”

Our congratulations to Johnny Davis and MCPSS for a job well done.

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