Throughout this school year, we’ve celebrated teachers throughout Northwest Arkansas with the Golden Apple Award.
Sukey Dake was a second grade teacher at Bellview Elementary. In late April, Dake passed away after a brief battle with cancer. But that didn’t stop her from doing what she loved the most, even until the end.
It was Aristotle who said, “Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity.” Sukey Dake knew what difficulties lied ahead in her last months of life. But it was the classroom and the children, that served as a sanctuary, her moment of bliss.
“She never wanted to stop teaching.” Daniel Cox has been Principal at Bellview Elementary. “I think that Sukey’s warmth and her passion for teaching and for the students. She always had a smile on her face and just part of the heartbeat of this school.” says Cox.
A native of Rogers, Dake embodied the role as a teacher for 26 years. And during that quarter century, she would share her appreciation for her own hobbies with countless students.
Cox says, “She had a love of the outdoors. She was a very passionate science teacher, although she taught all of the subjects, with a special infinity for the outdoors. She was a member of the Hobbs State Park group and often times took children out there.”
It was that kind of generosity, along with Dake’s spirit, that will leave a lasting tradition for future students and teachers who come through Bellview Elementary.
“I feel like her legacy will be one of always being there for the kids, fighting through adversity, having perseverance and remembering that this is a vocation, and not just a job… out of our love for kids.” says Daniel Cox.