Title: Educator, Educational Consultant
Company: Parkes School, Maitland Girls High School
Location: Cessnick, New South Wales, Australia
Alison Davey, Educator and Educational Consultant, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in language, English, spelling and mathematics.
Ms. Davey’s enduring passion for education has aided in her career spanning more than five decades. In 1958, she accepted one of her first teaching positions, becoming an assistant teacher in the department of education at the Telarah School in NSW. She took on a similar role with the W. Cessnock School from 1961 to 1968 before serving as the Deputy Mistress at the E. Maitland School. Since 1960, she has also served as an assistant teacher at the Parkes School, Maitland Girls High School. Ms. Davey has provided her educational expertise as the principal of the Ellalong School from 1974 to 1977 and of the Bellbird School from 1978 to 2003.
From 1996 to 2005, Ms. Davey has served as a managing consultant for the Kip McGrath Education Center, and since 2005, has provided similar services to the Cessnock Achievement Center. On a civic level, she has been involved as a councilor of the Cessnock City Council since 1983 and as deputy mayor from 1998 to 1999. She has been the chairperson of the Cessnock Community Center since 1993 and a trustee of the management committee of the Marthaville Arts and Cultural Center. Her exceptional management skills have also aided the Cessnock Tidy Town Committee and the Hunter Orchestra Board.
Out of all her endeavors, Ms. Davey has maintained that her success is based on listening to people. She posits that you don’t have all the answers; the people who are talking with you have their point of view and they their say. She credits being a good listener, and sizing things up as keys to her professional development. Ms. Davey believes when you give advice, you have to place it in a language that the recipient will hear, understand and then likely want to follow through with. You can’t talk above people, you’ve got to get down to peoples’ level and use communication skills in the language that the person you’re speaking with will fully understand while being realistic. Ms. Davey’s professional development has also been aided with her membership to the Cessnock Business and Professional Women’s Club. She has served as the secretary of the women’s issues committee and the community welfare issues community with the organization.
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