Dant began her teaching career at Buckner Elementary in 1999. Over the years, she has been a teacher, assistant principal, literacy coach and intervention coach at Buckner. She’s also served as a literacy coach, intervention coach and ARC Chair (special education) at other elementary schools in our district.
“Students spend a lot of time at the school and it should be a place that they enjoy coming, all while having academic success,” Dant said.
Building teacher capacity will also be a priority for Dant. “An excellent teacher gets better results,” she said. “When students know someone cares, they are willing to work much harder.” As a young teacher herself, Dant recalls being given countless opportunities to grow as a leader at Buckner. She said she looks forward to offering current Buckner staff those same opportunities.
Dant is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and Indiana University Southeast. She is an alumna of Assumption High School in Louisville.
Davis, a 2004 graduate of SOHS, returns to our district to lead KSE. Davis previously taught at East Oldham Middle and returns to the district from New Castle Elementary school in Henry County, where he has been principal for the past two years. While there, he led implementation of the Leader in Me initiative, which has been a cornerstone of KSE for several years.
“I want my students to be engaged in activities that are easily tied to their lives outside the school building,” Davis said. “Education is so much more than simply learning the core content."
Davis said students need to be able to think and solve problems, work with their peers, and present in front of their community. “Students are integral part in their own learning,” he said. “I want them to experience learning — not simply muddle through it."
Prior to that, Davis was an education recovery specialist in mathematics for the Kentucky Department of Education, aiding schools in Trimble County. Since beginning his teaching career in 2008, he has also served as an assistant principal at Spencer County Middle School, a math teacher for Spencer County Middle and High schools and as a math teacher at East Oldham Middle.
Davis completed his undergraduate degree at Georgetown College then attained a Master of Arts in Teaching from Bellarmine University and his principal certification from the University of the Cumberlands.
“Educating a child is not a science, but an art,” Davis said. “The target is always moving and therefore, we must always be moving too."