“There’s just so many good memories, so many good success stories. Forty-four years is here. It went by really fast,” Davis said, pausing to recollect his emotions. “This is a job that I really love. I always wanted to start the school year — everybody is revitalized and ready to go, all the different things we do in a year’s time. Having closure with the sixth grade graduation and having that blessing to them, then starting over.”
Davis joined WDMCS in 1991. He was Crestview’s principal until 2001. During that 10-year span, Davis started the district's first English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program as well as work that involved partnerships with local businesses and the City of Clive to build playgrounds and structures for school enhancement. He also touted the awards Crestview received within that time frame, highlighting notable reading awards from the International Literacy Association and the Department of Education.
Davis loved “watching that school grow and change” and the impact it seemed to have across WDMCS.
“It’s really a high-functioning school with lots and lots of family involvement and tremendous staff,” he said.
“I have been very impressed and proud of how well everyone has worked toward some common goals in terms of helping the children learn,” he explained. “The children have been really resilient and have worked very hard. The teaching staff has just been amazing. They come to work every day and make every day special for the children. And our parents have just been super. They’ve teamed well with us and they’ve been very patient. Even though it’s been really different from past years, I think we’ve made the most out of it that we could.”
"We here at Crossroads are privileged to have this man as our principal for the last six years,” one student said at the start of the concerts. “Of all the students he has worked with, we are blessed to be the students to give him his final concert to thank him for all his years of hard work. “Dr. Davis, thank you for your service from the bottom of our hearts."
“Always remember why we’re here: we’re here for the students,” he said. “We’ve got to love them every day — unconditionally. We can’t underestimate the impact that we’re having on these kids. I think they’re some of the best children I’ve ever worked with. Take advantage of the opportunity to really make a difference.”