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Drake State Faculty Recognized at American Education Week Luncheon


Dr. Mattie Davis, Nursing Instructor and Scotty McLaughlin, Automotive Technology Instructor, were recognized for their accomplishments in the field education at the Annual American Education Week Luncheon.  Each year at the luncheon, members from the community along with area educators, celebrate the accomplishments of teachers from the K-12 system as well as those at the post-secondary level.

Dr. Davis began her nursing career 24 years ago at J. F Drake State Technical College, and it was there that she realized that she wanted to someday give back through teaching. Dr. Davis has 14 years of experience in acute care nursing, advancing from a License Practical Nurse (LPN) to a Registered Nurse (RN) during her career. Upon completion of her Master’s Degree in 2001, she began her teaching career as an adjunct instructor at J.F Drake State Technical College.  She became a full time instructor in 2002.  In 2009, Davis earned her Doctorial Degree of Nursing from University of Alabama – Birmingham.  Her latest accomplishment has been to provide leadership to the establishment of the college’s Medical Assisting Program.  She believes that education empowers and that those empowered must work to empower others. 

McLaughlin began his teaching career at Drake State in 1991.  His responsibilities have included teaching, recruiting, serving as advisor to automotive students and developing class schedules for both the day and evening Automotive Technology programs. During his tenure as instructor, enrollment in the automotive department has increased to take the program from a non-viable to a viable program which often has no spaces left in all class offered both in the day and evening programs.  In addition to his current responsibilities as an Automotive Instructor, McLaughlin also serves as the Chairperson of the Applied Manufacturing Division. 


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