Darton State College Humanities Department | Bio - Patricia , Patty
Humanities Faculty & Staff
Patricia S. Davis, Patty
Patricia Davis is a graduate of Darton State College (Albany Junior College at the time) and began her teaching career as a TA in the Romance Language Department of the University of Georgia while studying for her M. A. in Spanish. She taught English and Spanish for sixteen years at a number of private and public high schools before she became the Program Coordinator for Foreign Languages at Darton College in 1992.
A member of the Foreign Language Association of Georgia and the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, Ms. Davis has received a number of awards during her career, including Dougherty County Teacher of the Year, Darton College Outstanding Faculty Award, Darton College Outstanding Advisor Award, Darton College Service to the Institution Award, and Two-Year College Faculty of the Year Award from both the Georgia Chapter and national Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.
One of Ms. Davis’ favorite activities is international travel, and she has accompanied students on travel abroad programs to England, France, and Spain. Ms. Davis enjoys teaching Spanish, and she makes sure that students learn how to use the language for communication by insisting that each student participate orally during every class session. She believes that lists of vocabulary and grammar rules are of no use unless you can apply them to express who you are and gain an understanding of others. She also enjoys sharing her personal travel experiences and mementos with students from time to time to illustrate various aspects of the rich and diverse Hispanic culture.