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The Mirror

December Employee of the Month

McKayla Holland

Working seven days a week as an athletic trainer, is KHS’s December Teacher of the Month, Jeff Davis. 

Davis, along with being a trainer, also teaches anatomy and physiology.

       “Being an athletic trainer requires a lot of time working behind the scenes,” Davis said. “It can be difficult to manage teaching responsibilities. I just try and do my job to the best of my ability.”

Originally a Berkner Ram, the Richardson-born trainer’s favorite high school memory was graduation. 

      “I was just a regular student in high school, but I did play football and I wrestled in high school and made it to the State Tournament as a junior,” Davis said. 

His best friend in the whole wide world is Mark Crickson.

      “We grew up together and we were both Best Man at each other’s weddings,” Davis said. 

The most influential teacher in his life was Dr. Jerry Elledge at Texas A&M.

      “He was a great mentor and pushed me to be a better student, and helped me get a G.A. Position at Tarleton State,” Davis said. 

The most influential person in his life was his father.

      “He taught me work ethic and responsibility,” Davis said. “I don’t think I could ever match the kind of man he was.”

He attended two colleges to further his education .

    “I started college at the University of Oklahoma and finished at Texas A&M,” Davis said. “I was a student trainer at both schools.” 

Davis does not have a class that has taught him the most, although he has something similar.

      “My MBA program at the University of Colorado,” Davis said.

Mike Wood and April Cox are the two bulldogs at KHS who had the biggest impact on him.

      “They took a chance on me by putting me in this position,” Davis said. 

Taking care of his student athletics is what makes Davis proud.

     “So that they can safely perform their sport,” Davis said.  

One thing that you might not know about him is that he has lived in 6 states!

      “I have lived in Louisiana, Texas, Maryland, Alabama, Colorado, and North Carolina,” Davis said. 

When he has rare free time, he does a wide range of things.

      “I like most sports, outdoor activities, movies, and dining out,” Davis said. “TV off and usually playing on my iPad,” Davis said. 

His biggest life accomplishment was not done by himself, but with the help of his wife.

      “Raising 5 children with my wife, Cindy, and seeing them become productive adults,” Davis said. 

If he could sit down with one person and talk with them, it would be his grandfather.

     “Ore Hutson, and we would just talk about life and great things,” Davis said.

A joke that he lives by and uses in the training room is “it will feel better when it quits hurting!”

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