20 May Dr. Davis named new CJHS principal
A Hoosier educator with a student-centered educational philosophy will soon become the next principal of Concord Junior High School.
Throughout her varied career, Dr. Amanda “Mandy” Davis has played a pivotal role in providing professional development for teachers, developing innovative programs to aid student learning, and championing success for students both in the classroom and beyond.
Following unanimous approval by the Concord School Board on Monday, May 20, Davis will join the district on July 8. Davis will replace current Concord Junior High School Principal Rob Zook.
In expressing her excitement about joining the Concord Community Schools family, Davis noted she is grateful for the opportunity to work alongside the Concord Junior High School staff for the benefit of students. Concord Junior High School, located at 59397 C.R. 11, Elkhart, serves approximately 900 students in grades 7 and 8.
“I believe the most important thing about accepting a new opportunity is that it be the right fit for both the school community and for me, and I am thoroughly convinced that Concord Junior High School is exactly where I am meant to be,” Davis said. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to meet everyone and to get started on our journey together.”
In 1997, Davis earned her bachelor’s degree in English education from Indiana State University. She also holds a master’s degree in school administration from Purdue University Calumet. In 2018, Davis obtained her doctorate in educational leadership from Indiana University Bloomington.
Davis began her career as an English teacher at Valparaiso High School in 1997, where she designed and delivered instruction for students in grade 9. In 2001, she returned to her alma mater to serve as an English teacher at LaPorte High School.
In 2008, she was hired as an instructional coach at Barker Middle School in Michigan City, Indiana, and began her administrative career by designing and providing professional development for teachers, revising curriculum, developing and organizing formative assessments, and serving on the district’s training team for the development of professional learning communities.
In 2011, she became assistant principal of Barker Middle School, a role that, among other responsibilities, included managing student behavior and attendance, evaluating teachers, training and leading the school’s crisis team. She assisted in the development of a school-wide STEM magnet program with Project Lead the Way curriculum.
In 2014, Davis was hired by South Bend Community School Corporation to serve as principal of Greene Intermediate Center. In this role, she managed human resources at the building level, headed public relations and recruitment efforts, managed the school’s budget, and developed an alternative learning program that was recognized by the Indiana Department of Education as a “Promising Practice.”
Beyond the classroom, she has also supported student athletes as a softball coach and athletic director, and the performing arts as a school play director and speech and debate team coach.
“Dr. Davis has had great experiences with diverse student populations, likes to wrap systems around processes, and demonstrated sound thinking about leadership issues in the school environment,” Superintendent Tim Tahara said. “We look forward to her joining our team.”
She is a member of the National Council of Teachers of English, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, American Association of School Administrators, National Parent Teacher Association, and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
Davis and her wife, Olivia, have two children — Jacob, 16, and Rachel, 14 — both who are heavily involved in music programs. Davis said most of her free time is spent as a “band mom” — a role that she absolutely loves.
In her new role, Davis plans to support the continued growth of Concord Junior High School teachers and students, with an emphasis on student-first decision making.
“The most important characteristic of an excellent school leader is genuine care for children. No matter what role the administrator is in and what topic is being addressed, the bottom line for decision making must always be about what is best for kids,” Davis said.
In 1993, Amanda “Mandy” Davis graduated from LaPorte High School.
In 1997, she obtained her bachelor’s degree in English education from Indiana State University, Terre Haute, and began her teaching career at Valparaiso High School in August.
In 2001, she earned a master’s degree in educational administration from Purdue University Northwest, Hammond. The same year, she was hired as an English teacher at LaPorte High School.
In 2008, Davis moved to Michigan City to serve as an instructional coach at Barker Middle School.
In 2011, she was tapped to serve as assistant principal of Barker Middle School.
In 2014, Davis was hired by South Bend Community School Corporation as principal of Greene Intermediate Center.
In 2016, Davis was appointed to serve as the Director of Elementary Curriculum and Instruction at Merrillville Community School Corporation, the position she currently holds.
In 2018, Davis earned her Doctor of Education degree in educational leadership from Indiana University, Bloomington.
On July 8, 2019, Davis will join Concord Community Schools as the new principal of Concord Junior High School.