Dear Irish Families,
I hope this letter finds you well rested and enjoying a wonderful summer break! I am looking forward to beginning my tenure as the new principal at Davis, and getting to know the students, teachers, families, and community members. The excitement of a new school year brings hope and promise as we reflect on the current year’s accomplishments and successes. I am looking forward to learning all of the rich traditions of Davis and helping the school community to celebrate a successful year, and prepare for upcoming events. I look forward to embracing the Irish Way and more importantly helping the school accomplish its goal of empowering students to learn, lead, and achieve.
I am coming to Davis from the Bowling Green City Schools where I served as the Executive Director of Teaching and Learning. Prior to that I was a middle school principal in Arlington, Virginia for 9 years. I also serve on the Leadership Faculty for the Association for Middle Level Education. I am looking forward to being back in the building setting with the hustle and bustle of 1,030 middle school students! Middle school is such an important time in a young adult’s life and I am honored to join and serve the teachers, students, and community as the leader at Davis to help shape the experience of our students.
I invite you to join me at the PTO meet and greet ice cream social on Tuesday, July 30 from 5-7 pm. This is going to be a wonderful opportunity to meet parents, students, and community members all while enjoying delicious frozen treats.
As we journey together over the course of the next year getting to know each other, I want you keep one of my favorite quotes about young adolescents at the front of your thoughts. I believe it captures the important work we will do at Davis Middle School.
“Intellectual growth means much more than an increasing competence in the academic content of the curriculum. We must endeavor to stimulate in the child a love for learning, an attitude of inquiry, a passion for truth and beauty, a questioning mind. The learning of right answers is not enough...beyond answers alone, we must help children ask the right questions, and discover their answers through creative thinking, reasoning, judging, and understanding.” - This We Believe, 2010
I look forward to meeting everyone and seeing you this summer.
Dr. Ann Perez