Degrees and Certifications:
Ms. Latonia Davis, Executive Principal
Latonia M. Davis has devoted 15 years of her career to urban education. As a teenage mother, she recognized success and education went hand in hand, therefore she worked diligently and with focus, and became the first in her family to attend and graduate college. Ms. Davis attended Cuyahoga Community College where she obtained her Associate’s Degree in Arts in 1996. Immediately after graduation, Latonia enrolled in Cleveland State University, earning a Bachelor degree in Science with a major in Special Education in 2001. Upon graduation, she began her Professional Career with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District serving as an Intervention Specialist and Classroom Teacher. Recognized for being a strong leader, Ms. Davis put those skills to use by obtaining a Masters Degree in Education, with a concentration in Administration. Immediately, Ms. Davis was offered a role as an Assistant Principal. She became a Principal within 5 short years of her first administrative appointment.
Throughout her time as Principal, Ms. Davis focused on education through a personal and caring lens. It was at this time her motto to her teaching staff was constantly echoed “Children don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care”. As a result at every school that Latonia served, she made building relationships a fundamental practice. In her current role as Principal of Martin Luther King Career Academy, Latonia has transformed the culture of educating the inner city, urban school student. The culture shift has taken the school from Traditional High School to an Academy Model. Students receive a unique experience being enrolled in the Freshman Academy, where all scholars are enrolled in an Academy 101 course preparing them to choose which pathway is a best fit for them as upper classmen. All freshman scholars take part in commitment to graduation ceremony, college/university exposure trips, In-house speaker series and more.
A major part of the culture shift has been in part due to a forged collaboration with Ford Next Generation Learning. This partnership Framework is inclusive of Three Foundational Strands: Transforming Teaching and Learning where creating meaningful learning experiences enable students to learn and apply 21st century and technical knowledge skills to real-world challenges, Transforming the Secondary School Experience Creating and maintaining career and interest themed academies and Transforming Business and Civic Engagement, engaging employers, educators and community in building and sustaining a transformed secondary school experience which includes an active MLK Advisory Board made up of all the aforementioned.
Throughout her career with Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Latonia has held administration assignments at John Adams High School, East Technical High School, and currently Martin Luther King Career Academy, where she leads both the Academy of Health and Public Safety. This leadership assignment is especially meaningful to Ms. Davis, as she is a graduate of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, more specifically The Academy of Health (the former Health Careers High School). It is her personal passion that has allowed for her success in leading over 500 students and her strong level of professionalism, which has allowed her many years leading teachers in many different settings.
In addition to being a busy administrator, Latonia actively serves as an Executive Board Member of Friendly Inn Settlement since August of 2012 and currently serves on the boards Governance Committee, Nominating Committee, HR/Personnel Committee and Marketing/Fundraising Committee.
Throughout her life, Latonia has had many obstacles; however, she credits her high school teacher, Theresa Scott, for encouraging her t to never give up and to always strive for greatness. It was that encouragement that kept Latonia motivated, even when she became a young mother to her oldest daughter, LaToya Parham. Latonia is now the mother of a second daughter, Alayah Davis, and grandmother to La’Niyah and Leah’nae Whit