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The Laura Davis "Aim for Your Dreams" Educator Award


The Laura Davis "Aim For Your Dreams" Educator Award will help inspire educators to enhance their professional development, support their classrooms with instructional materials and expose students to experiences they would not otherwise have by providing monetary support to fund activities, field trips, speakers, professional development, etc. Teachers have great ideas for how to improve their classrooms, but they often have limited resources to bring those ideas to life. This award will provide that opportunity!


Laura Sheree Cox Davis was known by her friends and family for her uplifting free-spirit and her dreams to fulfill every one of her aspirations in life. Laura was confident and strong-willed and like her parents, she dedicated her career to education. She was a beloved teacher, serving as a fifth and sixth grade math and history teacher at William A. Walton Elementary and J.E.J. Moore Middle School for twenty-two years since her graduation from Old Dominion University in 1996.

Laura was a wonderful and inspiring wife, mother, sister, daughter, friend, and teacher who was devoted to her husband of twenty-two years, Chris, and their two beautiful daughters Emma Kate and Anna Gail. She was incredibly proud of her "adopted son," Reggie Williams, who she deemed her pride and joy as she helped achieve his dreams of playing professional basketball for the National Basketball Association. Laura saw potential in every student that walked into her classroom and had a passion for seeing every child find success. She sought the same for her two girls and taught them to aim for their dreams, no matter how large.