Theresa Davidson selected as Superintendent
Release date: 2011-06-06T13:47:32-05:00
M. Theresa Davidson has been named superintendent for the Emporia Public Schools. She has been serving as interim superintendent since July 1, 2010.
The appointment was made by the Emporia Board of Education during the regular meeting Wednesday night at Mary Herbert Education Center. The board interviewed three candidates for the position earlier in the month.
Davidson was named to the interim position in the spring of 2010, moving from her job of Associate Superintendent of Personnel. She had earlier spent three years in Emporia as the Assistant Superintendent for Business from 2001 – 2004. She oversaw the construction and opening of Timmerman and Riverside elementary schools and a wide range of remodeling projects that were part of the 2000 bond issue. She left Emporia to become principal of Olathe North High School, a 6A high school in Johnson County with 1,300 students. She returned to become associate superintendent in 2006.
She began her teaching career in 1973 as a foreign language and psychology teacher at Douglass High School. She later served as a counselor at the high school, elementary and middle school levels at Hays and Ulysses. She became a principal in Ulysses in 1985 and had held principal positions in Hays and Woodlands, Texas. In 1997, she was the Kansas Principal of the Year for the MetLife/National Association of Secondary School Principals Awards.
Davidson has a bachelor’s degree in French and a master’s degree in counseling, both from Fort Hays State University. She has her building-level and district-level administrative certifications, also through FHSU.
She currently is the chair-elect for the Special Olympics Kansas Board of Directors.