Position: Assistant Superintendent, Student Services
School: Douglas County School System
School District: Douglas County School System
City, State: Douglasville, Georgia
About the Nominee: Essie Renee Davis was nominated by a colleague, Angela Thomas. Ms. Davis is a great role model for the Douglas County School System (DCSS) and Douglas County. She was born and raised in Douglas County by her parents, and she attended Douglas County schools and local colleges. This alone does not set her apart, however. Ms. Davis has served as an elementary teacher, assistant principal, principal, director and executive director. In her current role as assistant superintendent, she has gone over and above the call of duty by continuing to serve on several committees. For example, she helps out with Cultural Arts community events such as the Chili Cookoff to help raise funds. She also spearheads the Operation Christmas Committee, which identifies students that the committee can help to enjoy the holiday season with their families by donating food, clothing and gifts. Ms. Davis helps to distribute these items on the weekends, as well. Additionally, she is in charge of the Diversity Team for DCSS. This entails bringing employees and community members together at the table for open, candid discussions and community and school programs to help bridge the gap between cultural differences in DCSS and surrounding communities. Ms. Davis has attended school events to speak with students and staff about her life's victories and challenges growing up in Douglas County when segregation was prevalent. Her day-to-day duties include directing and managing student registration, hospital/homebound, school safety, school nurses, Title I, the Office of Civil Rights Data Collection, community and schools, student enrollment data, social workers, homeless liaison and student transfer requests. The students, staff and community are proud to have Ms. Davis as a role model. One can witness the dedication and perseverance she has demonstrated by not only talking the talk, but walking the walk over the last 30+ years for DCSS and its communities.