Angela Davis has quite a challenge as a high school and Basic Literacy teacher at the Utah State Prison’s correctional facility for women. First, her students face extraordinary struggles and self-destructive attitudes, which she empowers them to overcome. Second, many of her students who are reaching for a high school diploma come to her with math and reading skills that are below the seventh-grade level. Davis developed a program to address these levels, and she incorporates computer technology, a virtual high school and GED options into her classroom to encourage career- and college-readiness. She embraces challenges and meets problems cheerfully. For all of these reasons, and more, South Park Academy is please to select Angela Davis as the 2018 Teacher of the Year.