Dr. Jenny Davis recently was named the principal at Clark-Vitt Elementary for the next school year, where she had served as assistant principal in 2007.

“I am very excited to be returning to Clark-Vitt Elementary,” she said. “Clark-Vitt has a strong nucleus of teachers who are focused on putting students’ needs first, and that is what a learning community is all about.”

Davis added that she will continue to build on many traditions at the school, including the honor roll barbecue, talent show, SRO Rod Tappe’s D.A.R.E. Program, PTO Carnival, and the service learning projects

“As always, we wish to partner with parents and the community and will be continuing to seek volunteers to help at Clark-Vitt,” she said.

A new idea, Davis said, is a monthly meeting of patrons called Doughnuts, Data and Dialogue. The group would meet periodically and would provide brainstorming sessions for challenging educational topics facing those at the school.

Davis noted that patrons who have the proper background checks could stay and help with some struggling students who may be in need of a mentor or pitch in to help in the cafeteria.

“The possibilities are limitless if we all work together,” she said.

Davis said that she and Leslie Lause will be working as a team, and both are eager to get started working with the students, teachers, support staff, parents and community.

Davis is a longtime educator who began teaching communication arts at St. Clair Junior High School in 1995. She also coached basketball, track and later became the head softball coach.

While at SCJH, she completed a master’s degree in administration.

In 2006 Davis was trained as a STARR (Selected Teachers as Regional Resources) teacher while taking educational specialist courses in superintendency. In 2006-2007 she was named as the SCJH Teacher of the Year.

She received her educational doctorate last fall and her dissertation topic was the early release Fridays at the Union R-XI School District.

“In 2007 I was given the opportunity to grow professionally at the Union R-XI School District,” Davis said.

She was named the assistant principal at Clark-Vitt Elementary and district curriculum support instructor.

In 2009 she was named the district curriculum coordinator and began working with teachers and administrators fulltime on curriculum, instruction, assessment and professional development.

“During my time at Union R-XI School District I have had the opportunity to work with and support students,” Davis said. “Additionally, I’ve worked with talented classroom teachers and administrators — it has been my pleasure to support the professional learning communities in our district and to watch our staff continue to grow as professional learners while our students reap the rewards”