Throughout Christ Methodist Day School’s 60 years, countless connections have been made between families, teachers, students, parents, alumni and staff members. In honor of the school’s 60th birthday this year, we asked CMDS’ longest-tenured teacher, Carol Deaver, to share some of her CMDS “small-world” moments from this school year:
- Kate Walker joined the CMDS faculty this year as a 2nd Grade teacher. Miss Walker, who graduated from CMDS in 2004, is a former student of Mrs. Deaver’s and now the two are teaching partners.
- Mrs. Deaver is working with two other former students this year: Early Childhood Art Teacher Caroline Seward Patton and Guidance Intern Courtney McDuffie. (She also taught Grade School Art Teacher Meghean Warner’s husband, Paul Warner.)
- In her classroom this year, Mrs. Deaver has one 2nd grader whose mom and aunt are both former students, as well as a child whose uncle is a former student. Two of her students are the third children in their family to have Mrs. Deaver in 2nd Grade!
She says she feels particularly blessed by her connections this year, her 38th as a member of the CMDS faculty.
“Our school has such a legacy,” she says. “We are seeing generations return to the very special place that is Christ Methodist Day School.”
She joined the teaching staff in 1979, right when she graduated from college, and has spent her entire career at CMDS.
“When you find the perfect place, you stay there.”
3 Questions for Mrs. Deaver
Q: What is your favorite CMDS tradition and why?
CD: My favorite CMDS tradition is the birthday party for Jesus. It emphasizes the importance of giving to others and it is obvious from the students’ faces how good they feel about bringing their presents. Even after all these years, the “Happy Birthday, Jesus” song brings tears to my eyes.
Q: What’s the biggest change you’ve seen in your 38 years at CMDS?
CD: Our facilities have changed so much over the years! The Wilson Ross building, which now houses the majority of our school, did not exist when I started. It was a very long process during the construction, but well worth it once we were able to move into our beautiful rooms.
Q: What’s the biggest change you’ve seen in recent years?
CD: I think it would probably be the CKLA curriculum. We are enjoying teaching it, and the students love it. Domain, in particular, covers subjects like the War of 1812 and Westward expansion that I never thought I would have the opportunity to teach in second grade.
E Lab and all of the STEAM activities going on in Encore classes would be a close second.
Christ Methodist Day School opened its doors in 1958 to 75 kindergarten students. Since then, CMDS has stayed true to its Christian elementary school roots while continuing to thrive as one of the best private schools in Memphis. Come see why we are the primary choice for so many Memphis families.