Simone Lassar and Allie Floros
With an energetic attitude and dynamic personality, History teacher Corey Davison remains a recognizable character at South and an embodiment of South spirit as the senior class advisor.
Davison filled one of the advisor positions during his second year of teaching because he thought he would take advantage of his previously established relationships with the then freshman he taught in history classes.
“I thought that it would be nice so that by the time they’re seniors I’d be planning prom with them, planning graduation with them, and that it’d be something that we go through together in my first four years here,” Davison said.
His advisees appreciate Davison’s collective spirit as senior class officer Gio Vargas reflects on his relationship with Davison, which started in a sophomore history class.
“I have known him since sophomore history and he has been one of the greatest teachers I’ve had. He is one of the few teachers/advisors at South who are in touch with modern society and terminology and that makes him easier to approach. Because he is young he is a chill, laid back guy that knows a student’s interests,” Vargas said.
For Vargas, Davison’s laid back spirit remains an appreciated characteristic, even when Davison admittingly tries his best to enable the class officers to push the limits.
When planning an event, Davison will complete the involved “adult” portions, like researching legality and limits, as well as deciding where the officers can politely push those limits. He hopes to provide the officers with an administrative perspective on aspects that they may not consider.
The class officers recognize Davison’s commitment as senior class officer Ruslan Crosby can attest that Davison’s investment and hard work shines throughout each event.
“He helped us extensively with planning the Fall Classic. He put a lot of effort into it, much more than he needed to,” Ruslan said.
This initiative Davison shows remains apparent in his most recent project around school, The Walls of Gratefulness. These various walls around the school display pieces of paper filled with students’ and teachers’ notes about what they are grateful for.
In the midst of a turmoil filled year, Davison explains that “the class office has been thinking about how to make the school in general a happier place.”
During a few lunch blocks, Davison and the class officers went around the school handing out pieces of paper, encouraging kids to write whom they are grateful for, and then take the further step of delivering the note to that person.
“I think that little things that make them feel like their school can be a positive place are important, instead of just a place where people feel work and sometimes fail and get stressed,” Davison said.
Adding on, Vargas notices Davison’s emphasis on promoting positivity and ensuring the wellbeing of all students during any event planning.
“Specifically, when planning events, he takes into account the well being of students so that everyone can participate and have fun,” said Vargas.
Vargas’s admiration mirrors Davison’s overall vision for South, a unified community where students are not as college oriented, and rather take advantage of all of the vast opportunities that this school offers.
Davison emphasizes that this sentiment remains important to carry as the year unfolds because as stress can envelope students and faculty, some forget to appreciate the community surrounding them.
“We shouldn’t create an environment where people feel special and like they can do whatever they want, but more that everyone feels like this is a building and a community where they go to do good things,” Davison said.