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Dr. Joseph Scott Davis
Superintendent of the Washington County Schools

Dr Joseph Scott Davis

Dr. Joseph Scott Davis has been Superintendent of the Washington County Schools since September 17, 2012.  He is a native of Wilson, North Carolina and graduate from E.T. Beddingfield High School.   Dr. Davis earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from NC A&T State University in Greensboro, North Carolina; and a Master of School Administration Degree and an Educational Specialist Degree, both from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.  Dr. Davis continued his education in Cambridge, Massachusetts where he earned both a second Master's Degree and a Doctorate Degree from Harvard University.

Dr. Davis began his career in public education as a school bus driver, later becoming a mathematics classroom teacher, at the middle and high school levels.  He began his administrative trajectory as an assistant principal with the Nash Rocky Mount Public Schools in Rocky Mount, North Carolina under Charles C. Davis.  He also served as an elementary, middle and high school principal with the Wilson County Public School System in Wilson, North Carolina.  Prior to becoming Superintendent of Washington County Schools, Dr. Davis was employed by the Chicago Public School System in Chicago, Illinois, where he served as the Deputy Chief of Schools to a system which is the 3rd largest school district in the nation.  He has brought a wide range of experiences to his role as Superintendent.

Dr. Davis is very passionate about student learning, and had this to say when asked about his philosophy of education: "As a former mathematics teacher, I understand the importance of ensuring that all students understand not only what is being taught to them, but are also able to apply this learning to what they already know. It is when students think about their new learning and connect that learning to their existing knowledge so that it makes sense in their own minds, that new knowledge is constructed. In essence, our aim as educators is to assist students in building their knowledge so they see the value in and the benefits from learning, and that they continue to learn as they live."

Dr. Davis is married to LaTanya Davis, who is also a native of eastern North Carolina. Originally from Beaufort County, she earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from East Carolina University. They have one son Joseph, who is a second-grader in the Washington County Schools.  Dr. Davis had this to say, "My wife and I believe in and are products of public education, and we want what we believe other parents want for their child, a great education in a safe environment where they can learn for, and have access to a higher quality of life."