LifeChanger of the Year Nominee Profile

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Davitra Dewberry

Position: Eighth Grade Acceler8 Teacher
School: Mesquite Academy
School District: Mesquite Independent School District
City, State: Mesquite, TX

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Davitra Dewberry was nominated by her colleague, Briggette Jordan.

"Davitra is a great example of a LifeChanger. She has the ability to give each student what they need at the present time," said Jordan. "She makes sure all of her students feel important and cared about individually and collectively. I've witnessed her give every one of her students a birthday present on their birthday and make them feel special."

Acceler8 is a program designed to help students who are behind their grade level. They are given the opportunity to catch up to the current grade and move on to high school. This is a new program that was implemented last school year, and Ms. Dewberry is the lead teacher. She has helped this program succeed!

"Completing the program and advancing to the current grade does wonders to improve the students' self-esteem. Davitra does whatever it take for her students to be successful. I have the pleasure of working with students within her class, so I was able to see her teaching ability," said Jordan.

Ms. Dewberry is a member of the Leadership Team this year for her campus. She also mentored a teacher who was new to the Acceler8 Program this year.

"This was my first year on the campus, and she was a great welcoming committee for all new staff this year. She comes to school early, works during some of her lunches and leaves school late while taking college classes," said Jordan. "She's always willing to give a helping hand to anyone in need."

Comments (56)

Clara Dewberry Posted over a year ago

I am proud to have a daughter who has touched so many lives in a positive way. At an early age, her goal was to become a teacher.Davitra has always been a compassionate and loving person, especially forchildren. She often referred to her students as her little brothers and sisters. She believes that all students can learn and be successful if given the right tools. She also believes that it takes patience, understanding, and love in order to insure that every student can reach his/her full potential. Davitra creates an environment that is conducive to learning and address student expectations. Davitra is definitely a Lifechanger.

Tasha Le Posted over a year ago

Davitra Dewberry exemplifies what a teacher needs to strive to be. She possesses a positive attitude that creates a ripple effect in the classroom and the campus. I've had the privilege working with her and know that this is a much deserved accolade.

Finisha Woodson Posted over a year ago

Davitra Dewberry is an exemplary teacher. She has over 20 years of teaching experience ranging from elementary to middle school grade levels. Davitra demonstrates great compassion for teaching. What sets her apart from the rest is her ability to build positive relationships with her students as well as fellow staff members. Congratulations on your well deserved nomination!!

Cheryl Brown Posted over a year ago

Congratulations on your nomination. Thanks for helping out when I need it.

Kumari Pritchett Posted over a year ago

I love her so much! I really appreciate people like her

Brynn Pettigrew Posted over a year ago

Ms. Dewberry has been a positive influence in my life since the first day I met her. She always has a positive attitude & is always willling to help. She exliemplifies the way teachers should be; she’s caring, loving and wants her students to succeed. Thank you Ms. Dewberry for being so awesome!!

anaia williams Posted over a year ago

thank you for always giving me great advice.

Valen Corder Posted over a year ago

Well done.

Brandy Pemberton Posted over a year ago


Emely Martinez Posted over a year ago

Thank you for helping me out when I needed it

Beverly Tyree Posted over a year ago

Congratulations Ms. Dewberry for the well deserved nomination for Life Changer of the Year. You have a positive impact on students every day at Mesquite Academy.

Amari Stephenson Posted over a year ago

She’s a good teacher

christian luna Posted over a year ago

Very positive teacher

Israel montoya Posted over a year ago

Fantastic teacher!

Lillian Mikesell Posted over a year ago

She does an amazing job at keeping the class motivated and making sure students get what they need done finished.

siumara Maya Posted over a year ago

she's a good teacher.

Jakaela Rinehart Posted over a year ago

Good teacher

Matthew Berger Posted over a year ago

She's a big help around the campus i always see her helping students and just making sure that we succeed and excel.

Kameron Belser Posted over a year ago

good teacher

Jordan Piccola Posted over a year ago

Great teacher!

Brooke Bush Posted over a year ago

Congratulations Ms. Dewberry! You are definitely a LIFE CHANGER!

bailey bush Posted over a year ago

Very positive person, and a great influence.

Anthony Bush Posted over a year ago

Hello All, Davitra has made an awesome impact as a friend to my family and an outstanding role model for my daughter Bailey. Much love and appreciation, Anthony.Bush

Christie Wilcox Posted over a year ago

Davitra has been a colleague of mine in M.I.S.D. for close to ten years. She always has a positive attitude and a smile on her face. She works very hard at building lasting relationships with her students and it shows. I am excited to support her in this endeavor as she demonstrates all of the qualifications of a life changer. She strives to do her best to serve not only her students but the entire campus.

Jeff Hughes Posted over a year ago

Ms. Dewberry is a positive influence in the lives of the students she works with. She works daily to get them to believe they can be successful.

Elizabeth Turner Posted over a year ago

I had the pleasure of working with Davitra at the Learning Center. She always has a smiling face and loves working with her students. I have seen first hand her ability to reach each student and provide them with the support they need to grow. She is an exemplary example of what it means to be a "life changer". Congratulations on your nomination!!

Zakiyyah Gomez Posted over a year ago

This is such a wonderful nomination for this wonderful teacher. I always see her going above and beyond for our students and she loves every moment of it. I see how the students bond with her and she always has them engaged in her classroom. Davitra is worthy of this award and it definitely reflects in her work.

John C HUGHES Posted over a year ago

Ms. Dewberry continues to work hard every day on behalf of her students. She works for all of them, but loves and teaches each one of them as individuals. She works every day to change the direction of young lives in her care.

Larry Rojas Posted over a year ago

Davitra isn't just a LifeChanger -- she's a GameChanger! Even though she was new to our school, she came in with enthusiasm, experience, an engaging smile and personality, and it just got better from there. Davitra is a seasoned professional educator who possesses the uncanny ability to immediately make her presence known and felt. She was an instant hit with a lot of tough, difficult, 7th grade students because they saw, felt, and sensed that special caring and at the same time, made learning with her engaging and fun. I can't think of a better person not only to represent Mesquite ISD, but to earn the title of "LifeChanger."

Connie Hale Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Dewberry currently works at the Mesquite Academy as the lead teacher in the Acceler8 program. She also performs a variety of other duties throughout the day that are a benefit to her students as well as her campus colleagues. Davitra always wears a big beautiful smile and has such a helper's heart, which endears her to everyone who meets her. :) The personal connection she makes with each of her students is a great example of how to truly impact young lives.

Shannon Summers Posted over a year ago

I have taught six grade with Davitra Dewberry for two years. She is one of the most positive people I know. In our profession, at times, we can get to where we start to become frustrated or negative. She was always one to lift me up when I started to get down. She builds great relationships with her students and handles every situation in a professional manor. I always enjoyed coming to work and working with her. She has been one of the best teammates I have ever worked with so far.

Diane Nix Posted over a year ago

I have known Davitra since her first year to teach. She is most definitely a life changer. Always has a smile and a positive attitude with everyone she meets. She is a great example and a loving teacher.

Tonia W Westbrook Posted over a year ago

I cannot think of a more deserving nominee! Davitra is a lifelong friend and awesome educator! She has dedicated many years to changing the lives of and positively influencing many students of all ages. She is committed to her profession, district, and the futures of the young people she serves. I know that many have been influenced in a positive way by Davitra Dewberry! Good luck to a wonderful nominee!

Phyllis Haskins Posted over a year ago

Davitra is positive and helpful to the students and staff. She greets everyone with smile. Davitra is a role model for her students. It is a pleasure to know her and glad she is on our campus.

Debbie Barbour Posted over a year ago

Davitra is one of the most positive and energetic teachers I have ever met. The love and care she shows her students has been life changing for them. Her hard work and commitment is the kind of example these kids need to see on a daily basis. Congratulations Davitra! Good Luck!!

Elsie Turner Posted over a year ago

Congratulations! She is most definitely a life changer in the lives of her students and those around her. Always positive! It's a privilege working with her.

Shelly Harris Posted over a year ago

Congratulations Davitra! It is a pleasure working with you and your students! I see the change you make in them with your positive support while they come to my class for Art. You ARE a Lifechanger, for sure!

Tracy Snyder Posted over a year ago

Ms.Dewberry is awesome! She’s always positive and has a smile for everyone. I love sharing my end of the hall with her. Congrats, Dewberry!!

George Turner Posted over a year ago

Ms, Dewberry has a nurturing and encouraging spirit. I admire the way Davitra meets and greets her students where they are. I have had the privilege of working with Davitra for a number of years. Most significantly has been the way Davitra instills confidence in her students / student and helps them apply those same characteristics toward the learning process. In short, Davitra is a change agent who welcomes challenge and one who is enthusiastic about sharing her time and talents with her village.

Pamela S. Hughes Posted over a year ago

She is a life changer. I am so proud her

shirley Reed Posted over a year ago

WOW-this comes as no surprise to me. Ms. Dewberry, you show such grace for all students. I appreciate your positive energy around the school and interacting with all students. I am so proud of your hard work. Thank you for changing lives.

Jessica Propps Posted over a year ago

Congratulations Davitra! You work so hard and are very deserving of this award.

Barbara Townsend Posted over a year ago

Ms. Dewberry, Congratulations on your nomination, you are much deserving of this award. Your not only a great teacher but you give your students 100%. They are so fortunate to have a dedicated teacher that cares about everyone of her students. You provide each of them with the hope they need to stay in school and graduate.

Chuck Johnson Posted over a year ago

Ms. Dewberry has a noticeable impact on her students each day. She does so much more than teach her students academics; she prepares them to be successful in life!

D’Edward Davis Posted over a year ago

She is the best teacher a boy could have

brittney gonzalez Posted over a year ago

she's an amazing teacher.

Kay Young Posted over a year ago


Emilee Simmons Posted over a year ago

As a new teacher, I came early to set up my classroom and met a loud, cheerful 2nd grade teacher that quickly found herself in my classroom welcoming me to the campus. Two years later, I found her across the hall from me as my new 6th grade teaching partner who pushed me, asked the hard questions and made me a better person, friend and teacher. But more importantly than that, she showed me what the power of relationships can do with your students. The same love that Dewberry showed me every day, was the same love she fiercely showed her students. She is the life changer daily to whoever enters her classroom and whatever campus she is a part of.

Shanay Johnson Posted over a year ago

Congratulations Davitra there's no one more suitable for this nomination like Davitra. She's a very hard working person who goes beyond and above whats ask of her to do. A teacher's job is to impart self knowledge to her student and make them a better individual. Davitra has always performed her duty with complete dedication and your hard work and sincerity. She has worked diligently for the betterment of the students and this is being reflected in her students and her commitment towards her students is commendable. The excellence in education affects not just the students but also the entire community. Your dedication will have an impact on the entire community and educational system as well. It's really nice to work with Ms. Dewberry. Ms. Dewberry set an example of learning and excellence among students and co-workers alike. A job well done Davirta Dewberry. She most definitely deserves to the Life Changer Of The Year!!!!!

Clifton Collins Posted over a year ago

Ms. Dewberry is a creative, dedicated, and passionate teacher, she works hard to impact the lives of every student that walks into her classroom. She attacks every day with relentless effort and her students benefit tremendously because of it.

Jerry Caston Posted over a year ago

Ms. Davitra Dewberry is someone who we would call in the military "Mission Ready." She accepted and was assigned a challenge to begin a class in the middle of the semester with no knowledge of her students. However, when you are mission ready, you are willing to accept any challenge and ready do whatever it takes to accomplish the objective. Ms. Dewberry was able to transform her classroom into the working learning environment by instilling within her students that they are a part of the learning community and she held them all accountable for their own individual actions. She is also some who understand that educating students is a team process and she understands when and if it is necessary to ask for others help when necessary. I would classify her as a teacher who seeks responsibilities and takes on responsibilities for educational actions. Ms. Dewberry is the ultimate team player, educator, and co-worker that help shapes, redirect and encourages her students to seek a different approach to lifes obstacles. What is fitting person to be nominated for this esteemed award "The Life Changer of the Year."

Precious White Posted over a year ago

Congratulations Davitra! I see your hardworking everyday and not only do you support students but you also support teachers.

Briggette Jordan Posted over a year ago

Congratulations Davitra on your nomination. You've worked hard this year and the students have benefited from your tenacity. Keep up the good work.

Kendra Bush Posted over a year ago

Davetra is a go getter! She does whatever it takes for any student on campus not just those in her class. Everyone loves Ms. Dewberry! She definitely deserves to be Life Changer Of The Year.

Lauren Hatch Posted over a year ago

Davitra Dewberry is one of the hardest workers I know! She impacts her students daily and meets them where they are at. A true champion of changing lives.

Abram Joseph Posted over a year ago

Ms. Dewberry leads a program many educators shy away from. She leads our Acceler8 program which is geared towards combating the national dropout issue. Students are overage 8th graders who have missed content that allows them to go on with their peers, but more devastating, they have lost hope. Ms. Dewberry not only teaches content,but she revive lives. She is teacher, mother, and counselor to all students.