For Mazda's 100 year anniversary, they've decided to show appreciation for their customers and communities by naming fifty Mazda Heroes from across the United States. Mazda Heroes were awarded a Mazda MX-5 Miata 100th Anniversary Special Edition
One of these heroes, Triana Davis, an elementary school teacher from Byram, MS, was submitted to the program by her wife, and now you can watch her wife reveal the honor to her.
Davis' Hero video highlights her work as a teacher during this unprecedented pandemic. When she learned that some of her students didn't have access to computers or printers, she decided to print out their homework and hand deliver it every two weeks so that no one is left behind.
Not only that, but Davis put together graduation packages for each student including a T-Shirt and a medallion with their name engraved. She goes out of her way, even when the world is upside down, to make sure that every student feels important, and is able to succeed. For this, she's a Mazda Hero.
Davis has been a teacher for 15 years, with the last nine years spent at her current job at Dawson Elementary, and she says "undoubtedly, the students are my favorite part of the job."
Davis says her initial reaction was one of betrayal, but a good kind. "Hear me out," she told me, "my wife and I have minimum secrets. Now I used to think we had none, but hell, she kept this one." Good thing she did, because Davis' face is priceless in the video.
"I still feel as if I don't deserve such a prestigious title," she told me, "In my mind, although we don't take oaths like other professions, as a teacher, what I do is what ALL teachers do. I don't see how I am any more spectacular or interesting than my colleagues." But she definitely does deserve it.
When asked if she has a message for people who want to help out teachers like her, Davis said that we need to recognize the extra work they're doing. "For so many of my colleagues, along with myself, we are adapting and giving more of ourselves than we ever have in varied facets. We understand the importance of academia, but in this moment, the education we are providing is so much more than just teaching how to multiply fractions using area models. It is this understanding and the same energetic support displayed at the beginning of the pandemic for teachers that we need."