“Dacia has a unique way of connecting with her students,”
Selection Committee Chair Tom Hacket said. “Her classroom was
thrilling and her passion
for these kids was palpable. It was hard to get the committee to leave her
Dacia makes sure every student who comes into her classroom
knows they are cared for and held to a high standard.
In her seven years as an educator Dacia has learned some
important lessons, “Educating children is so much more than the sum of
knowledge retained by our students at the end of the year. It is about planting
and nurturing a seed of hope. We are the ones who believe in our children when
no one else will,” she says.
The TOTY Selection Committee refers to Ms. Irvin as a ‘teacher’s
teacher’ as her passion for her students, her dedication to learning more, and
the way she inspires longtime teachers is remarkable.
As MCSD 2019 Teacher of the Year, Ms. Irvin is featured on
an OutFront Media digital billboard, a full-page Ledger ad, and she receives a
Congratulations Dacia Irvin!