Greetings Glenville Community,
I am excited to be the co-principal at The Glenville High School. As a result of school consolidations, I am transitioning from Martin Luther King Career Academy, where I was the principal for the past seven years. I have devoted 19 years of my educational career with CMSD, with my first administrative appointment at John Adams High School and then East Technical High School. Additionally, I am a proud product of Cleveland Public Schools, graduating from The Academy of Health, the former Health Careers High School.
My connection and passion for career technical programs run deep. I was a part of the CMSD culture shift to CTE schools from traditional high schools, using the academy model. The students at MLK received a unique experience starting with students enrolled in a Freshman Academy. Throughout my time and experiences as a school principal, I focused on education through a personal and caring lens. Over the years I have held a deep belief that “children don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.” Therefore, building relationships with the students in my school community is a core value.
I am also a proud alumnus of Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland State University and John Carroll University, all of which played a huge role in my educational journey. However, none of those experiences compare to my High School experience, a time where I encountered many obstacles that would have caused many students and some adults to quit. It was because of my relationship with Ms. Teresa Scott, a teacher who believed in me and my abilities more than I did myself at that time, that caused me to think differently about education and the choices I was making. It is because of this, my WHY, that I believe in building positive relationships with students, and I know firsthand the outcomes they can likely yield. As an educator we are charged with believing in our students and pushing them sometimes past their comfort zones to do their best. This is the best investment one can make in our future.
In addition to my serving as principal, I am also a member of the board for The Friendly Inn Settlement House, a social service organization since August 2012, located in the Cleveland Central neighborhood. I am also a proud member of the illustrious, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated which ironically the sororities’ colors Crimson and Crème or Red and White are most fitting to my new administrative assignment at Glenville.
Of all of my life’s accomplishments, my greatest is being the mother of two beautiful daughters, Latoya and Alayah and grandmother to Laniyah and Leah’nae.
I am overly excited to begin my new journey at Glenville and with you! I’ve been told with supporting evidence that you are a staff of Rock Stars by receiving the Momentum Award for three consecutive years for exceeding the expected student growth as mandated by ODE. I look forward to the day where we can meet face to face and learn more about one another. Until that time, stay safe and enjoy the remainder of your well-deserved vacation.
Latonia M. Davis
Co-Principal, Glenville H.S.