Ryan Davis Named Iowa Assistant Principal of the Year
November 7, 2013
Vinton-Shellsburg Educator Selected Iowa Assistant Principal of the Year
Ryan Davis, assistant principal at Vinton-Shellsburg High School, is the 2013-14 Iowa Assistant Principal of the Year as named by School Administrators of Iowa.
“As an educational leader, Ryan Davis has a commitment to all students’ success which is apparent not only in his efforts with at-risk students, but also through his work in providing teacher learning,“ said SAI Executive Director Dan Smith.
Recipients are selected using the Iowa Standards for School Leaders, which focus on
Upon learning of his selection, Davis expressed, “It is a tremendous honor to be recognized by my colleagues with this award, representing all of the great work done by assistant principals across the state of Iowa. I really view this as an honor for the Vinton-Shellsburg School District and communities, as we have collectively worked together to do what is right for students both in education and in life. I am fortunate to have a school board and administrative team that puts students first in all decisions, a staff that embraces change and thinking outside the box to improve education, and a community that supports and walks beside our district in our efforts to educate our youth. But most importantly, I’m thankful for the Vinton-Shellsburg students that make this work meaningful, enjoyable and truly an honor.”
A committee of Iowa assistant principals selected Davis for the award. He will be recognized at a State Capitol ceremony in May 2014 and at SAI's Annual Conference August 6, 2014. As Iowa’s recipient, Davis is now a candidate for National Assistant Principal of the Year, an award sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals and Virco, Inc. He will have an opportunity to attend a recognition program in Washington, D.C., in the spring featuring professional development and networking activities with peers from around the nation.
Davis began his career as a grades 7-12 science teacher at Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa (Minn.) Community School District. He came to Vinton in 2008 as high school assistant principal and at-risk coordinator. He has a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from the University of Northern Iowa; a master’s degree in educational leadership from Southwest State University in Marshall, Minn.; and his certificate in education administration from Saint Mary’s University in Winona, Minn.