The Endowed Master Teaching Chair designation is the highest distinction given by Fort Worth Country Day to faculty members who have a sustained record of teaching excellence. While all FWCD faculty adhere to the Principles of Professional Excellence, Endowed Master Teachers are those who consistently go above and beyond what is expected of them.
FWCD Endowed Master Teaching Chairs are awarded both in recognition of past accomplishments as well as in anticipation of future contributions to programs, which promote teaching excellence within the Fort Worth Country Day community. The 2017 Endowed Master Teachers are Carrie Cheng, Lisa Dickerson Davenport ’87, Chloe Bade Anderson ’05, Colin Douglas ’06, Bob Booth, Mark Martin and Jackie Rains.
Click here to read Head of School Eric Lombardi’s remarks from the October 30 announcement.
The Fine Arts Chair for distinguished teaching in the Arts is awarded to Carrie Cheng. Cheng has served as Director of Ballet since 2003. She holds a BFA from the University of Utah, as well as certifications from Canada’s National Ballet School and the American Ballet Theatre. Cheng has taught ballet technique for grades 4-12; pointe for grades 6-12; and variations, character and choreography for grades 7-12. Additionally, she has restaged and/or choreographed for FWCD, Gayle Corkery School of Ballet, Texas Ballet Theater School, Margo Dean School of Ballet, Schaffenburg Ballet Academy, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School and Hong Peng Wa School of Ballet, to name just a few. Cheng says, “I believe that ballet class is more than an exercise in mastering steps; it is a process of self-discovery and learning the best way to develop artistry through dance. Not only do I want them [my students] to have confidence in ballet, but also to bring this discipline into their personal lives and become productive individuals in society.”
The Roach Family Lower School Chair for distinguished teaching in Primary Grades is awarded to Lisa Dickerson Davenport ’87. Lisa has taught kindergarten since 2014. She holds a BA (double major) in Sociology and Education from Mary Baldwin College and an MEd and Reading Specialist Certificate from Lynchburg College. In addition to her teaching, Davenport also serves on the FWCD Alumni Council, the Kindergarten Admission Committee, is a Seesaw Ambassador, and has taught summer school for STEM (K-2) and Kids in the Kitchen (Pre-K). Davenport loves Country Day, and maintains, “I strive to treat each student, parent, colleague and co-worker with dignity and respect. I simply love my job and was born to teach kindergarten!”
The Thomas M. Ryan Chair for distinguished teaching in Lower School is awarded to Chloe Bade Anderson ’05. Anderson has been a First-Grade Teacher at FWCD since 2011. She is a graduate of Stanford University and holds an MEd in Curriculum Studies from Texas Christian University. She also completed a Klingenstein Summer Institute Fellowship from Teachers College, Columbia University. Over the years, Anderson has served as a Kindergarten Assistant, Upper School Softball Coach and Assistant Varsity Field Hockey Coach. She also is a volunteer with Breakthrough Fort Worth. “I hope to instill in my students a passion for learning that extends beyond their traditional schooling experience,” she says. “This focus comes from my own love of challenging myself and developing as an educator. My colleagues allow me to discuss best practices and current research, curriculum, classroom management, and other ways to improve the School for the students and their families.”
The James S. Garvey Chair for distinguished teaching in History is awarded to Colin Douglas ’06. Douglas has taught Upper School history since 2011. He has a BA in History from Texas Christian University and an MA in History from the University of Texas at Arlington. Over the years, Douglas has taught World History and Film Studies, and served Falcon student-athletes as Strength and Conditioning Coach, Middle School Football Coach, JV Football Head Coach and Varsity Football Assistant Coach. He says, “As a teacher, the focus of our leadership should not target just our peers. Its main concentration should be on the students. As we try to inspire the passion to learn, the courage to lead and the commitment to serve, every teacher should know that that task starts with us as role models.”
The Perry and Nancy Lee Bass Chair for distinguished teaching in Upper School is awarded to Bob Booth. Booth has taught Upper School French and Spanish since 2002. He earned a BA in French Studies from Humboldt State University and an MA in French Literature from the University of Oregon. Not only does Booth teach Upper School classes in two modern languages, he also serves as Assistant Cross Country Coach, has led seven student trips to France, and too many outdoor leadership trips to count. “Content, immersion and eclectic, engaging methodology are how our students succeed here at FWCD and beyond,” he says. “I think the cliché about being lifelong learners is perhaps most important for language instructors; we have to avoid losing sight of our first steps in the languages to attempt to teach. We must encourage, model and challenge … without scaring away.”
The Perry and Nancy Lee Bass Chair for distinguished teaching in Lower School is awarded to Mark Martin. He has taught fourth grade at FWCD since 2014. Mark earned a BA in Music Education from Baylor University, MAs in Religious Education and Marriage and Family Counseling from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and an EdD in Educational Leadership from the University of Phoenix. Mark also holds a Mid-Management Certification from Texas Woman’s University. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Mark served as the Director of Falcon Flyers (Lower School Choir). He says, “Teaching takes heart and compassion. It is about an urgent need to inspire others. Being an educator is the greatest job on earth! It’s about believing in others, loving others, sharing your love and passion for learning, and inspiring others to dream and exceed their expectations. It is about giving of self in order to benefit and watch others succeed.”
The Wagner Family Chair for distinguished teaching in English is awarded to Jackie Rains. Jackie has taught Middle School English since 2006. She earned a BS in Secondary English and Physical Education from McMurry University and an MEd in Gifted Education from Hardin-Simmons University. In addition to her teaching, Jackie has served as English Department Chair, PSAT Prep Course Coordinator, Teacher Induction Program (TIP) Coordinator, and is currently the Seventh-Grade Team Leader. Jackie says, “[Students] have to hear laughter and see me smile in the classroom. They need to know that I am happy, which perhaps encourages them to be happy too. I am a self-admitted goofball, book nerd ... and their sports or ballet or Latin Club fan. Teachers need to be real, so in the classroom, I try to tell relatable life stories, to let them know that I am human too.”