“Through our leadership profile, we were looking for an equity-focused leader who can communicate effectively among various stakeholders and understand the importance of the student and faculty community at Central,” said Deputy Superintendent Ted Domers, who led the research process.
“Kate ticked all the boxes,” Domers said. “She is a strategic leader who has a deep passion and commitment to social justice and is able to connect with different stakeholder groups. She is the best candidate and the ideal person for Central.
Neil Deegan, president of the Associated Alumni of Central High School, said the alumni were ready to work with Davis.
“Our alumni community will stand ready to support our next president in strengthening Central and ensuring it is a diverse and welcoming university community that continues to prepare the next generation of creators and leaders. “, Deegan said in a statement.
A native of Mount Airy, Davis became an educator in 2009. Prior to becoming principal at Henry, she was co-principal of Warren G. Harding Middle School, scholarship recipient of Cayuga Elementary School, and teacher and vice-principal of New Schools in the city of York.
At Henry, Davis led academic gains, diverse faculty, secured grants for arts and school facilities, and maintained open communications with stakeholders.
Davis dated Henry as a college student before enrolling at Central. She holds an undergraduate degree from Cornell University and a graduate degree from Pace University.
“CW Henry is one of the best K-8 schools in town,” Davis said. “We have amazing staff, many of them have been with Henry for the majority of their careers.
“I’m proud that Henry supports the work of teachers, honors student voices, and increases the diversity of our staff and teaching population,” Davis said.
“It has been an honor for me to lead the school with the support of Mount Airy and the parent and student communities,” Davis added. “I will stay in touch with them. It is important for me to make sure that I visit them and support them.
Davis, who has never headed a high school before, said her background as an educator prepared her for her role at Central.
“One of the most important lessons I’ve learned as a leader is to learn about your school community,” Davis said. “Take the time to understand the background of your teachers, know the strengths of the school and how to move forward.