By Dr. Melinda M. Dennis
The Dodge County School System Teacher of the Year (TOTY) was announced on Friday, March 14, 2014, at the Eastman Rotary Club. Dodge County School Superintendent Dr. Melinda Dennis announced that the 2013-14 Teacher of the Year for the Dodge County School System was Donna Purvis.
Dr. Susan Long introduced Donna Purvis, the TOTY from Dodge County High School (DCHS). Dr. Long shared that Purvis was an outstanding student at DCHS, and when she applied to come back home to teach in 2008, all were excited.
Prior to returning home, she taught at the Alternative Learning Center in Pulaski County and at Hawkinsville High School. She is married to Stacy Purvis, and they have two kids: Ina, a daughter, who is in third grade, and one son, Will who is attending Central Georgia Technical College.
In her application for the TOTY, Purvis writes: “My mom was an educator for 34 years. By watching her, I learned that every child can learn. Through example, she taught me that the most powerful gift a teacher can give her students is high, realistic expectations tempered with love and acceptance. She taught me that a teacher is a life-changer.”