A teacher who has a flair for the dramatic

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CHICAGO – Our Teacher of the Month has a flair for the dramatic.

Jorge Alvarado stands front and center, acting out a scene in a role-play exercise. The shy student who found his voice in drama class nominated his teacher, Tonya Marchman-Davis, for Teacher of the Month consideration – a plot twist the 20-year veteran didn’t see coming.

“I was definitely surprised,” Davis said.

The lessons in expression aren’t lost on Jorge or his classmates.

“She’s (Mrs. Davis) the one who taught me how to interact and how to be surprised and different emotions,” said student Rachel White.

Said Mrs. Davis, “So I surprise them every day, sometimes I might come in dancing and they’re looking at Miss Davis, whatever it is I have to be out of myself to get them to be out of themselves.”

The teacher says hers is a class where students can be free and they can show their skills in a different way.

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