A Nashville man credits his uncle for instilling in him the desire to learn when he was just a young boy. Now, he's grown up and delivering that message to the students at a Metro middle school.
You'd think Sam Davis was a school teacher, but he's actually not. His job title is campus supervisor at Brick Church Middle School, which means a little bit of everything.
It's his big, booming voice that controls the chaos of class change in the hallway of seventh-graders.
"C'mon now," he tells one student. "You don't have your shirt tucked in."
Davis is part traffic cop, part sheriff and part guidance guy.
"Basically anything that needs to be done, I end up doing it," he said.
Nowhere in his job description does it say homework helper, but he does that, too.
When the hallways are quiet, he heads to the library, lowers that voice and tutors, always mindful of his uncle.
"He taught me my ABCs, multiplication tables, basic writing before I even started school," Davis said.
Now on his own without a paycheck for his part, he's returning the favor.
"They just need some guidance. When they're struggling, they don't know which way to go in the process of solving the problem, so they just need that little help to point them in the right direction. Then they go 'Ah, that's how you do it.' And, of course, that makes me feel great, and they learn what they need to learn," Davis said.
Davis doesn't have a teaching degree, but his job at the school gives him access to all those students, and he figures why not help if he can.
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