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bettedOne of the great aspects of St. James Academy is our faculty. We have talented and inspiring teachers who have dedicated their careers to our school. After 27 years, Mrs. Bette Davolos has decided to retire. Her dedication and commitment to our community will always be remembered. 

What does St. James Academy mean to you?
To me, St. James Academy means a loving, supportive and friendly environment that I’ve had the privilege of working for over the last 27 years.

What will you miss most about St. James?
I will miss my co-workers, students and friends the most. Their smiles, spirit and support will stay with me forever. This is such an amazing community of selfless people that have worked side by side with me, touched my heart with their concern, kindness and love, especially over the past year.

What do you want the students to learn from you?
My dreams and visions here at SJA were to prepare our students to be respectful, enthusiastic and positive children that will look forward to future challenges and experiences. If I could instill this in just one child, I did my job well.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I love reading, gardening, cooking and traveling. I also love visiting my children and grandchildren when possible.

Who inspired you growing up?
My inspiration was my Nana. She was the most amazing, soft-spoken, 6 ‘ tall lady I’ve ever met. My grandmother was an English teacher who taught children in St. Thomas Virgin Islands. She inspired my father, who was an educator/coach and also my brother that is currently a teacher/coach. Her motto was, “If you always do what you always did, you’ll always get what you always got!”  What a Lady!

If you could meet one famous person who would it be and why?
I would love to reintroduce myself to Joe Flacco.  We are both University of Delaware Blue Hens and I’ve followed his football career for years before the Ravens. Sitting down with him and chatting about how much our youth admire him, not only as a NFL Quarterback, but as a positive, respectful role model for the kids today would be a great experience.

Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know.
What most people do not know about me is I was officially “Class Clown” and “Most Spirited” in high school.  Who would have guessed?

What are your plans after you retire from St. James?
I am looking forward to doing volunteer work locally, traveling to visit friends but most importantly, spending more time with my children and 2 grandchildren that live in Cincinnati and the Boston area.