Jonathan Anderson | Principal, Davis Leadership Academy
Jonathan Anderson’s passion for interacting and engaging adolescents began during his summer vacations home from college while working with youth in the community. He knew he wanted to continue to set the example for young African American students disengaged in learning, so upon the completion of his undergraduate studies from Alabama State University, he found himself invested in urban education. His career in education then began as a U.S. History instructor at the Davis Leadership Academy Charter Public School (formerly known as Smith Leadership Academy) in 2006.
Throughout his journey as a classroom instructor, he progressed into a mentor, “father-figure”, guidance counselor, and model for young black boys to mimic. After realizing that effective teaching required much more than just providing classroom instruction, he enrolled in Simmons College. He obtained his Masters in Education to develop his craft as an educator and strategically transition into a leadership role within the academy. As the Special Programs Coordinator, he provided coaching for classroom instructors.
Soon thereafter, he enrolled in the National Institute for School Leadership (NISL). After completion of that program, he began serving as the Director of Teaching and Learning, managing the day-to-day operations of the academy. He now serves as the Principal of Davis Leadership Academy, where he collaborates with a great team of like-minded professionals, who aim to carry out the mission of “developing high achieving students of good character”. He is now eager to learn amongst fellows within the Lynch Leadership Academy cohort, to further develop as an educational leader.