Our next teacher spotlight may look a little familiar since we have already spotlighted her identical twin sister, Miss Paula Boulton. Miss Donnavee Boulton has been a part of the TCS family in one form or another since she was a young student entering the first grade. She attended TCS all through her grade school years, graduating salutatorian of her class in 2007. She then attended Wingate University where she achieved a 4.0 GPA and was awarded the prestigious H.K. Helms award for her academic achievements. Following her college graduation in 2011, she returned to TCS to begin teaching in our kindergarten program. During her six years as a TCS teacher, she has taught both in the kindergarten and the fifth grade. All her students love her. Her fun, vibrant, and outgoing personality is perfectly suited for teaching. She has a zest for life and learning new things that children also have. This enables her to connect well with her students.
Fifth grader, Natalyn Blevins says, “Miss Donnavee is a very helpful teacher. She never tells students to figure a problem out by themselves. She always helps. She is a very inspiring teacher. She inspires people to be themselves. I know this because she has inspired me to be a teacher one day too. She is interesting! If she thinks that she is going to teach on a subject in school that we might find boring, she tells us fun facts or a story that goes along with it; so that we eventually want to learn more about it. She is also always trying to guide students to the LORD. When I was in k-5 she inspired me to get saved. That is one big reason I love Miss Donnavee so much.” Classmate Taylor Starr Aldridge comments, “If I could describe Miss. Donnavee in one word it is ‘Awesome.’ She is artsy, unique, and has a great personality. If you meet her, you will know what I am talking about. She is an all around great gal.” These high praises come from the mouth of fifth grader students and give us a glimpse into the kind of teacher and mentor that Miss Donnavee is for her students.
However, it is not only students who love Miss Donnavee. Parents recognize the attention and love she gives to their children. When asked about her satisfaction with her daughter’s fifth grade experience, parent Trina Horne wrote, “Ayden was very blessed to have Miss Donnavee as a teacher twice. Ayden was privileged to have her in Kindergarten to start her school experience and her 5th grade year as well. As a working parent with not a lot of time to spare to help Ayden with schoolwork, I can say many good things about Ms. Donnavee as a teacher! Her class organization was awesome!!! Her caring spirit and words of encouragement were always welcome when there was a question about homework or a test the next day. She made Ayden’s last year in elementary school a cherished memory for years to come and created a firm foundation for her to move into middle school! We love Miss. Donnavee and will never forget the impact she has made on Ayden’s life.” Ayden agrees saying, “Miss Donnavee made it the best year ever and she made my life easier!”
Another parent Annette Aldridge speaks of her experience with Miss Donnavee saying, “When asked to give my thoughts on Miss. Donnavee, it brought tears to my eyes. My daughter, Taylor Starr, has had some wonderful teachers at TCS, but Miss Donnavee takes the cake. Taylor and I love her. Miss Donnavee and Taylor are kindred spirits. Her smile warms the soul. When a child is sick and comes back to school, Miss Donnavee says ‘I’ll take care of her’ and you know she will. I never worry when my child is with Ms. Donnavee. She always works hard with us on missed assignments, getting Taylor’s schoolwork ready to ensure she is never behind. Miss Donnavee really is what teachers need to be. The best piece about her is that she truly cares about her students. She prays about them. She has truly been a blessing this school year.”
Miss Donnavee feels that education is an important calling and from this is birthed her passion for teaching. She says, “I think teaching is one of the best professions in the world! Teachers get the opportunity to partner with parents and God, to speak truth into the lives of precious students. My favorite thing about teaching is that I get to teach my students about God, His word, and how to have a personal relationship with Him. Deuteronomy 6 speaks of learning God's commandments and then teaching them to our children. ‘And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.’ (Deuteronomy 6:7). I love this verse. It speaks of how consuming our commitment to learn about God should be in our own hearts, and that we also need to pass this commitment and passion on to our children. This verse is one of the verses that inspired me to teach.” TCS feels blessed to have such a devoted teacher pouring into the lives of our fifth grade students. Thank you, Miss Donnavee.