By Jeff Noble / Staff Writer
It’s a busy time for Ramona Davis.
As principal of Corbin Middle School, she’s involved in testing this week, as well as the final days of the current school year.
She’ll be involved in more work in the weeks ahead, as the veteran educator makes the transition as the new Assistant Superintendent for the Corbin Independent Schools.
Davis was named to the position last Friday, and becomes assistant superintendent on July 1. She’ll succeed Darrell Tremaine, who retired in March.
Shortly after being named to the new post, she announced the news to her staff and teachers at Corbin Middle. After being a part of the school for over a quarter of a century, Davis admitted it was tough to talk to them.
“When I told the staff about it last Friday, I broke down. Then they applauded and gave me a standing ovation. I feel very blessed to be here in this building for 26 years,” she said during an interview Monday.
While the students were testing, Davis pointed out while she thought at one time she’d never leave Corbin Middle, change was inevitable.
“When I was teaching, I thought I would always be a teacher, and I still am. And I thought when I was named principal here, I’d never leave this position. But you grow, and I felt that I could make a bigger impact on the district level. It was time for a change for me, and I’m so glad to go to the district level,” she noted.
For the past four-and-a-half years, Davis has served as Corbin Middle’s principal. That came after serving as assistant principal for the school for five years. Prior to that, she worked at the school in student services for two years, and taught there for 15 years.
And, like the change in her own career, Davis has seen the school become an innovative force in education.
“I’ve seen this school change from a junior high school to what I call a true middle school, where the focus is to try to make for a well-rounded child. During my tenure, we were able to reach the number one spot in the state for two years in a row. Then last year, we reached the 96 percentile and were designated as a high-performing school. That’s attributed to our students, our teachers and our parents. This is a great school community,” said Davis.
Officials with the Corbin Board of Education feel her skills at attaining high academic success, as well as her leadership as principal of Corbin Middle, made her the right choice for the position as assistant superintendent.
“Davis possesses a very strong drive for excellence in student learning that will be a vital focus of the central office,” Corbin Schools Superintendent Ed McNeel said.
Because of her extensive experience as an educator and administrator, Davis has received several local, state and national recognitions and awards, including the Presidential Award for Science Teacher, the Christa McAuliffe Fellowship and Kentucky Science Teacher of the Year. She holds a Superintendent Certification from Eastern Kentucky University, a Principal Certification from Union College, a 6th Year Diploma in Science from Union College, a Master’s Degree in Science Education from Union College, and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Cumberland College (now University of the Cumberlands).
Davis will remain with Corbin Middle until June 30, but she adds any time she has will be working on making herself ready for the new job.
“One of the first things I’ll do in the new position will be working on the Teacher Effectiveness System. That goes into effect for the 2014-15 school year, but we have to get principals and teachers trained for it, so we’ll have a pilot program for the 2013-14 school year, coming up in August,” she stated.
No replacement for Davis has been named. She said the position will be posted for 30 days, and the Site Based Decision Making Council will make the decision, hopefully in June.