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Leah Davis: Red Clay Hall of Fame

Leah Davis


Leah Davis, a well-respected Red Clay teacher and School Board member, was born in Pittsburgh PA. As a young teenager she moved to Philadelphia, attended Temple University and received her B.A. in Psychology. A lifelong learner, she attended the University of Pennsylvania, Wilmington University, and the University of Delaware earning a Masters degree in School Leadership and Instruction and obtaining her Administrative Certification.


Lee began her teaching career in 1966 in the Philadelphia Public Schools as a special education teacher. She taught first grade in Des Moines for four years and then spent two decades in Red Clay teaching a wide range of grade levels, TAG, and Title 1 Reading. She was a quiet leader and listener who respected and valued the strengths of all individuals.


Her achievements are many. Leah was a District Finalist for Teacher of the year twice and in 2005 was nominated for Disney Teacher of the Year. She was a cooperating teacher for UD and Wilmington University for fifteen years and served as a Team Leader throughout her tenure in Red Clay. She taught a University of Pennsylvania collaborative professional development course for five years impacting hundreds of teachers and is recognized as a curriculum expert in reading and writing. Leah has given workshops at the school, district, state and national level.


Since her retirement, she has remained active in education. In 2009 she became a member of the Red Clay School Board and served as Board President, leading the District through challenging issues of equity, transparency and development of the first Strategic Plan. She helped to reinstate the Arts in our city schools. Leah is a member of the WEIC Committee, and works closely with our Priority Schools. She continues to volunteer many hours in the district, leading the gifted and talented committee, and by mentoring and reading to children at Red Clay Schools.


Leah has been a dedicated, highly effective teacher and educational leader who inspired her students, families, peers and community. Her Highlands community honored her with a brick paver at the Woodlawn Library. In real life, her joys include her two children Ilissa and Bryan and her four grandchildren Zachary, Julia, Jake and Rose.