Chief of Schools
John Davis is the Chief of Schools with the District of Columbia Public Schools. This office supports and leads Principals primarily through the work of Instructional Superintendents.
Mr. Davis began his educational career as a teacher in Baltimore City, teaching middle school math and earning a Teacher of the Year Award in 1997. After six years there, he spent two years at the Laikipia Baraka School in Nanyuki, Kenya, as teacher and Head of School. The Baraka School took rising Baltimore seventh graders and taught them for two years in the bush of Kenya.
Upon returning to the States, Mr. Davis continued teaching for two years before becoming principal of New Era Academy. A key component in Baltimore City’s High School Transformation effort was the establishment of Innovation High Schools. New Era was one of the first two Innovation High Schools, and Mr. Davis saw their first graduating class in 2007. In June of the same year, he began working as Director of School Leadership Strategy on the Human Capital team of DCPS. He moved to the Instructional Superintendent role in August of 2008 before becoming Chief of Schools in July, 2011
Mr. Davis earned a bachelor’s degree in welding engineering from Ohio State University and a master’s degree in educational administration and supervision from Johns Hopkins University.