Preschool principal enjoying new role

Published 10:21 am Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Since the second half of September, Kara Davies has been settling into her new role as principal of the Clark County Preschool.

Davies, a Clark County native, has worked for CCPS as a special education facilitator at George Rogers Clark High School and Shearer Elementary, and she has experience as a special education teacher. Davies said the principalship has been a natural fit for her.

“I’ve had leadership positions in the past, and I’m kind of drawn to them,” Davies said. “I have a servant leader’s heart.”

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Davies has previously worked as director of exhibits at the Explorium of Lexington, designing hands-on educational exhibits for children and their families using a multiple intelligences approach. She said the return to early education has brought her experience full circle, allowing her to bring her previous experience with that age group as well as elementary and high school students to the 320 students at the preschool.

“It’s been wonderful so far,” Davies said. “The staff is phenomenal. Everyone here works as a team.”

Davies said she will try to build the preschool’s community partnership in her new role as principal. She said her overall goal is to increase the number of students who are kindergarten ready when they leave the preschool, which she said is the first step in making students college and career ready by the time they leave CCPS.

Davies said she would also like to implement a mindfulness program at the preschool to help students work on their focus.

Before she was principal, Davies established a similar program at GRC and Shearer.