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Her efforts to teach math add up to $10,000
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Linda Davis, an eighth-grade algebra teacher at Shasta School, was the recipient of the prestigious 2010 Cortopassi Family Foundation Excellence award for math and science. She received $5,000 earmarked for classroom use. Davis (second from the left) is joined by Principal Audrey Greene, San Joaquin County Office of Education Assistant Superintendent Gary Dei Rossi, and Cortopassi Foundation representative Ann Bell. - photo by Photo Contributed
Linda Davis could be deemed a pink-slip success story.

The eighth-grade algebra teacher at Shasta School also taught math at Sierra High for the past two years. Before that, Davis was a long-time substitute for Manteca Unified.

A budget-cut casualty at the start of this school year, she was re-hired by the district to fill a vacancy at Shasta. This move would more than pay dividends.

Davis was recently recognized by the San Joaquin County Office of Education, receiving the 2010 Cortopassi Family Foundation Excellence Award.

The award is given annually to one math teacher and one science teacher within the county. The announcement was made at the San Joaquin County B-C Science Olympiad Finals held in Stockton’s Scottish Rite Building on March 6.

Davis indicated Wednesday that the award was the biggest honor of her teaching career.

“Just to be recognized was an honor,” she said. “This was something that I just wasn’t expecting.”

Davis was nominated for the award for her efforts in motivating young people to excel by Shasta Principal Audrey Greene.

Davis, who also worked to get her students ready for high school math, came recommended for her support of youngsters in their academic pursuits both in and outside of the classroom.

In addition, she received recognition for providing leadership in curricular and co-curricular events and encouraging students to pursue possible careers in the field.

 SJCOE Assistant Superintendent Gary Dei Rossi along with Greene and Ann Bell dropped in to Davis’ class room, presenting her with a $10,000 check for winning the award.

The latter is a representative of the foundation.

Of that amount, $5,000 will go back to the school for math-related projects benefiting junior high students, Davis said.