First Reads‎ > ‎

Deb Cotner-Davis Named an Outstanding Educator in Bucks County

posted Nov 13, 2017, 7:54 AM by Joe Ferry   [ updated Nov 13, 2017, 7:54 AM ]
Deb Cotner Davis with Award
Mrs. Deb Cotner-Davis, a member of the Pennridge High School science department for 31 years, has been recognized with the Outstanding Service Award by the Bucks County Intermediate Unit. She was honored on November 3 during a luncheon at the Middle Bucks Institute of Technology.

"I am humbled and honored that I was even nominated for this award," said Mrs. Cotner-Davis.

An outstanding public educator for nearly 40 years, Mrs. Cotner-Davis began her teaching career at PHS as a physics teacher and later took on the role of supervisor for the high school Science Department. Since the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year, she has also assumed the role of STEM Supervisor for the district's three middle schools. 

Dr. Kathy Brewster-Scheid, the district's Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, said Cotner-Davis is among the most brilliant educators she has worked with.

"I have been fortunate enough to have worked in four districts in Bucks County, and have had the opportunity to work with brilliant teachers. Without question, Deb is among them," wrote Dr. Scheid in her nomination form. 

"However, she stands apart from this prestigious group in a way that challenges us to reflect on our own lives as educators. She is a reminder that kindness still goes a long way and that to truly help someone get better at what they do requires hard work, honesty and integrity."

Dr. Scheid said students could provide testimony for her brilliance as a master teacher of science, colleagues could provide countless examples of her collegiality and leadership and her supervisors could make lists of things she has done that go well beyond the call of duty. These characteristics and examples alone would suffice to nominate Deb for the Bucks County Outstanding Educator Award, she said.

But Mrs. Cotner-Davis brings even more to the classroom, said Dr. Scheid.

"Deb is more than a talented, caring, innovative teacher, and a strong leader in our field," said Dr. Scheid. "She embodies the 'soul' of an educator who breathes the quintessential air of honesty, integrity, generosity and love."   

Dr. Scheid went on to say, "There is not a day that goes by that Deb doesn’t offer to help someone get better at what they do, and she does it in such a way that the person receiving her support feels that they are with a trusted friend. She knows no barriers to doing what is needed and what is right. She has been the bedrock of Pennridge and her legacy will be one that provides the light for all future educators in our district."