Brenda Davis Honored as Distinguished Principal by OAESP

05.14.2017 10:57 AM

Arbor Grove Elementary School Principal Brenda Davis has been named winner of the James Burnett Distinguished Principal award by the Oklahoma Association of Elementary School Principals (OAESP). The award recognizes Ms. Davis for extraordinary contributions to Arbor Grove that promote student achievement and display a commitment to students and the school community.

Davis has worked in Putnam City as an assistant principal and principal in Putnam City schools for the past eight years. Drew Eichelberger, the district’s executive director of Elementary Education, describes Davis as “an outstanding instructional leader who has great skills when dealing with parents and other patrons.”

Davis has no problem naming the school’s most significant accomplishment while she’s been principal.

“Improving the letter grade score for Arbor Grove from a 65 and a D to an 80 and a B in one year was a big deal. To achieve this we implemented a very tight focus on student achievement – every student, every skill. This included developing frequent common assessments, making instructional decisions based on those results, and intervening with individual students at the earliest possible opportunity,” Davis says.

Lisa Litchenburg, an instructional coach and former classroom teacher at the school, says Davis is an outstanding leader.

“Brenda is an excellent example of everything a principal should be. By setting high expectations for our school and providing the encouragement and support to reach those goals, I feel her leadership has positively impacted who we are and how we operate,” Litchenburg says.

Ms. Davis will be recognized at the OAESP breakfast at the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration Summer Conference on June 8 at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in Norman, and at the OAESP Mid-Winter Conference on Jan. 31, 2018. at the Reed Convention Center in Midwest City.