My Davenport Schools Story
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Jennifer Weyeneth, parent of four Davenport Community Schools students:
Jason Mott, Graduate of West High School:
I attended Davenport West, and I appreciated how amazing all of my teachers were. I ended up going into education myself, and am currently teaching high school band and orchestra in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates. I had a great education with the band directors at West during my time. Mr. Tom Wood started me off on my music journey at West, and is one of the kindest men I have met. I took a lot from having him as my director in my own career now. Mr. Mark Kretschmer led me through countless show choir pits, musical pits, and gave me life-long advice that I still adhere to. Mr. Dennis Mott is my father, but I can still give him credit for being one of the best teachers I have ever had. He is the reason I am now teaching band as well.
I am grateful for Mrs. Melissa Trimble for tutoring me in chemistry when I was floundering, even though she was not even my teacher at the time. That led me to AP chemistry, which I never would have taken otherwise. Mrs. Trimble made that class so enjoyable, and it was a class that I never thought I would be able to succeed in.
There are four additional teachers that I constantly thank in my head throughout my daily life. Ms. Allen and Mr. King made me excited about writing and reading, and gave me a great foundation for my English career at West. I have to admit that while I was in Mr. Savoy’s class I didn’t always enjoy it, but that man taught me to write such a strong paper. I don’t think any of my college professors ever compared to his expectations, and I left his class being able to write. Ms. Sheehey continued my strong education in writing and reading that would make my college years seem like a breeze. I fell in love with reading thanks to Ms. Sheehey.
My wife and I could have chosen to live in any school district or send our children to any private school. We made the conscious decision to be involved in the Davenport Schools from K-12 for the benefit of both our son and our daughter. Our daughter excelled in all subjects including a love for math and science; achieving a 3.9 (out of 4) GPA in high school. She was active in the Central High environmental club, overseas programs that empower girls in underdeveloped countries (Girls Learn) and the gifted and talented program and classes. She’s gone on to receive an undergraduate degree in accounting, an internship with the state auditor’s office and currently is enrolled in graduate school to earn a Masters in Accountancy.
My son excelled in the arts and music throughout his entire K-12 years starting with cello lessons in the 4th grade to Jazz Band, Marching Band, first chair clarinet in Orchestra, and the Pit Band in Show Choir all 4 years in High School. He was admitted to Columbia College of Fine Arts in Chicago, graduated from Iowa and was able to follow his passion for music and writing by becoming the Programming and Communications coordinator with the local non-profit River Music Experience, taking what he has learned and sharing a love for music education with the next generation. The genuine friendships and connections he first made in the Davenport Schools continue to build a synergy of success with a great support circle of friends who have all become caring, secure, positive and well adjusted adults. The bottom line: learning the curriculum was just a portion of the larger education our two students received from the Davenport School system.