NEWS RELEASES 2012-13 :: OCTOBER 9, 2012


Kelly Davis

Governor Morehead School (GMS) Principal and Preschool Director Kelly Davis recently received the 2012 Principal/Director of Programs Leadership Award for Schools for the Blind. The award was presented by the Council of Schools for the Blind (COSB), a consortium of specialized schools in Canada and the United States with the goal of improving the quality of services to children who are blind or visually impaired.

Governor Morehead School for the Blind Superintendent Barbria Bacon said, "I am very proud that Kelly was selected as the Principal of the Year for programs across the nation serving students with visual impairment. Her ability to serve in two significant leadership roles simultaneously both in preschool and K-12 exemplifies quality leadership. This recognition is well deserved."

Davis said she was honored to be recognized by the Council of Schools for the Blind and her peers and colleagues in the field. "While I am honored by this award, the true recognition belongs with the staff who support students and families on a daily basis - they do the hard work," Davis said.

Davis began her career with the GMS as an educational diagnostician for the Early Intervention and Preschool program for which she was later named director. Through her dedication and leadership, the program grew and developed into one of the leading preschool programs in the state and in the field of visual impairment. Her commitment has resulted in the development of more than 25 satellite sites across the state.

For the past two years, Davis has served as the interim principal for the K-12 program, and has focused on improved outcomes and better instruction for students. She encourages teachers to further their education while nurturing innovation. Davis is known for building professional collaborations and works hard to instruct and support parents and guardians.

She graduated from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill with a bachelor's degree in Middle and Secondary Education and a master's degree in Educational Psychology. She also received a master's degree in School Administration from Campbell University.

She will receive her award at the Council of Schools for the Blind Annual meeting being held this week in Louisville, Kentucky.

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