Bio/Overview: Emily Davis is a 2013 Washington Ambassador Fellow serving in the Office of the Secretary in 2014. She is a 7th and 8th grade Spanish teacher at Pacetti Bay Middle School, an International Baccalaureate school in St. Augustine, FL. Emily Davis joined the teaching profession in 2003. After completing her undergraduate studies in Spanish and ESOL at LeMoyne College, Davis taught English to Speakers of Other Languages in a K-12 public school setting in Syracuse, NY. Recognizing a need for strong leadership in education, Davis obtained a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership at Pepperdine University. While at Pepperdine, she taught at Opportunities for Learning, a non-profit charter school that offers academic and social recovery classes through independent study in Los Angeles, CA. In 2005, she returned to the public school setting to teach Spanish at Palos Verdes High School in Palos Verdes Estates, CA and in 2009 moved to Florida.
Educational Values/Philosophy: Davis believes that all students deserve a high-quality, holistic education that encourages the development of international mindedness across disciplines. Through real-world application of language and inquiry-based learning, Davis strives to develop literacy skills utilizing a bilingual approach. Passionate about technology, she aspires to connect with communities both domestically and abroad to enrich learning experiences and implement authentic assessments. She fosters reflective discourse and empowers students to take ownership in the learning process through the creation of language portfolios.
Achievements: As a 2013 Washington Fellow, Davis served in the Office of Education Technology where she coordinated ED’s involvement with SXSW.edu, the White House Student Film Festival, and ConnectED as a few examples; in addition to providing outreach with 100s of educators around the country. As an undergraduate, Davis graduated Cum Laude and was an All-American Academic and Gold Scholar. In 2012, Davis was recognized for her innovation and excellence in instruction and was named the St. Johns County Teacher of the Year. She was recently awarded a Horizon Grant by the St. Johns County Education Foundation for promoting literacy through bilingual education. Davis served as a member of the St. Johns County Teacher Advisory Group, providing input to district personnel and the superintendent regarding the effects of new legislation, evaluation systems, educational technology and professional development. She presented Innovating Instructional Strategies for Constructing Global Classrooms in the 21st Century at the Macy’s Teacher of the Year Round Table event in Orlando, Florida.
Leadership Experience: Davis has acted as a presenter, facilitator and advisor in her school and community. She is the foreign language department chair and head of the elective professional learning community. She has presented at various regional and local conferences including the Florida League of Middle Schools and International Baccalaureate MYP Best Practices workshop. She is a member of her school’s IBMYP Authorization Team, Reading Committee, Technology Committee, and serves as a Gifted Education Case Counselor and Character Counts Advisory Member.
Affiliations: American Federation of Teachers, National Education Association, Florida Teachers Association, Florida Foreign Language Association, St. Johns Education Association and St. Johns County Education Foundation.
Education: Davis received her Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish and ESOL from LeMoyne College. She went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the Graduate School of Education and Psychology at Pepperdine University. She also has certification endorsements in middle grades integrated and gifted education.Areas of Interest/Expertise: