Davis Leads Alcuin’s Upper School and IB Programs
Alcuin School, a leader in Montessori and International Baccalaureate Education, announced today that Margaret Davis, Alcuin’s IB Director, has been named Head of Upper School.
Davis replaces Verna Salta, Head of Alcuin’s Middle School, who had also been serving as the Interim Head of the Upper School.
“Margaret shares a mindset, a cultural commitment and optimism for the task ahead and she will be a great asset to our academic directors’ team,” says Walter Sorensen, Alcuin’s Head of School. “Margaret has already done a tremendous job as our IB Director as we have experienced extensive growth over the past few years. She will now continue to play a role in the development of our Upper School.”
Davis will assume her new position with a wealth of experience. In addition to her current role as Alcuin’s IB Director, she has also served as Head of an IB School and she is an active board member of the Texas IB Schools (TIBS).
She has worked extensively with TIBS as a Director and Coordinator for IB Programs regionally as well as with independent school districts and schools. Davis has been a consultant in setting up the IB Diploma Programme, including admissions, application, college counseling and curriculum, prior to joining Alcuin School in 2013.
As a member of Alcuin School’s leadership team, Davis works with Alcuin students from admission to college counseling. She also assists with authorization of the Alcuin Upper School IB Diploma Programme. Alcuin School, which serves educational needs of students in early childhood through senior high, recently received IB Diploma authorization for the 11th and 12th grade.
“There are few opportunities in life one cannot afford to miss, and being part of Alcuin Upper School during this exciting time is one of them,” says Davis. “With an emphasis on learning and intellectual engagement, Alcuin Upper School offers highly-motivated students the opportunity to experience four years of truly inspiring intellectual and personal growth, setting them up for success in college and in life beyond.”
Alcuin Upper School is among only eight schools in Texas providing both the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme and the Diploma Programme. “Combining the excellence of Alcuin School with the world-renowned International Baccalaureate programs offers unprecedented opportunities for our Upper School students,” says Davis.
Davis credits her extensive experience in IB education to her valuable work with students and her participation with renowned professional organizations like TIBS.
“I’m humbled and grateful for the opportunity to join the Alcuin academic team as the new Head of Upper School,” says Davis. “Given my prior experience with Alcuin, I hope to bring continuity and commitment to the standards of performance espoused by the International Baccalaureate Organization, as well as facilitate quality program development, curriculum enhancement and effective implementation to benefit all Alcuin students.”
Davis earned her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees from Baylor University. She has also participated in the Doctor of Education program at Texas A&M University-Commerce. In addition, Davis has completed post-graduate work at the University of California, Berkley Lawrence Hall of Science Great Explorations in Science and Mathematics (GEMS) and at the Harvard Graduate School of Education under the Art of Leadership and Urban Leaders Institutes.
She has been a contributor to several publications including 2003-04 Smart Teaching: Aligning Daily Curriculum and Instruction with TAKS. Davis also created the concept and guided the development of the International Baccalaureate Learner Profile Book Series. Davis has received numerous honors including 2010 International Best Practices Award for Administrators Working with At-Promise Youth 2008 Raise Your Hand Texas Harvard Principal and the National Phoebe Appears Hearst Outstanding Educator Award.
About Alcuin School
An enriched, nurturing, coeducational academic community, Alcuin School uses the Montessori and International Baccalaureate program methods to foster critical thinking and a lifelong passion for learning. With faculty support, students at Alcuin School are eager to embrace change, question the status quo, and prepare for their future as leaders in a global society. For more information, please visit www.alcuinschool.org.