This past year, the teachers and administration at SanLee Middle School chose to honor the memory of their colleague Natalie Davis in selecting the school’s Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Davis was a skilled and dedicated teacher at SanLee and in Lee County Schools who passed away from cancer in April 2020. She was widely known and admired for her work ethic, enthusiasm and devotion to her students. As one Facebook friend noted, “Natalie truly cared about growing her kids’ skills and their love for reading! She was no nonsense and worked so hard. She’s missed and loved and never forgotten. Favorite memory: sharing yummy snacks and laughing about the day’s follies with our children.”
SanLee Middle School Principal Betsy Bridges honored Mrs. Davis with these thoughts, stating “To honor and remember the life of Natalie Davis, SanLee Middle School named Mrs. Davis as our Teacher of the Year. Natalie lost her three-year battle with cancer in April, but worked in our school building up until the last day we were all together in March, sharing her love of our language and books with her students. Mrs. Davis’ infectious laugh, beautiful smile and positive spirit will be missed, but her memory will continue to live on through the many students, families and Lee County Schools staff she touched throughout her years in education.”
One of Mrs. Davis’ former students, remembered her with these thoughts, noting “She was my 6th grade teacher and I might not remember much from those days, but I do know my love of reading started with her.” Welcome To Sanford adds our thank you and appreciation to Mrs. Davis, for her tireless commitment to students, families and community in Lee County.