Mr. Terrell Davis, Ed.S., is a 25-year educator and 22-year administrator. Before coming to The Independent School, he served as the Executive Director of Public Affairs and Special Projects for WPS.
Prior to this superintendent cabinet position, he served as an award-winning middle school principal at Truesdell, Dean Ray Stucky and Mayberry Cultural and Fine Arts Magnet. In 2004, Mr. Davis led Mayberry to “adequate yearly progress” for the first time in school history. He earned the “Kansas Standard of Excellence” in 2007, 2008 and 2009 at Stucky. Furthermore at Stucky, the school gained acclaim as national champions in the Team America Rocketry Challenge. Under Mr. Davis’ leadership, Truesdell transformed from the lowest-performing Kansas middle school to an award-winning and model school for turnaround and improvement. Ultimately, Mr. Davis and Truesdell were named the 2017 Kansas Principal and Middle School of the Year, respectively.
In addition to his academic leadership skills, Mr. Davis is an accomplished conference speaker and presenter. Notably, he has keynote spoken at various events at Wichita State University as well as several regional communities, particularly regarding the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday. He continues as an annual presenter at national conferences, including (but not limited to): the School Superintendents Association, National School Board Association, Council of Urban School Boards, National Middle School Conference, National Association of Black School Educators and the National Dropout Prevention Conference. Mr. Davis has also presented at the state level, including at the KSDE, KASB, MTSS and ACT State Conferences.
Finally, Mr. Davis has advocated and lobbied for Wichitans at the Kansas and U.S. capitols. Recently, he successfully advocated for (high-density) at-risk funding and drafted, advocated and testified for his early college bill to become law. This law allows for Kansas school districts to pay tuition/books for students to take dual/concurrent college courses. Mr. Davis also crafted legislation for the “mental health pilot” and helped secure a $10MM proviso in 2018. He testified at the Kansas legislative “special committee on education” meeting, regarding student achievement. At the testimony, he proposed the use of a multiple data point evaluation system to the committee. Since 2017, Mr. Davis has served on the Kansas state delegation to advocate in Washington, D. C., for Kansas kids; in this role, he has hosted U. S. Senators Pat Roberts (KS) and Jerry Moran (KS) and U. S. Congressperson Ron Estes (KS) in WPS.
Mr. Davis is the father of two sons: Terrell, II, and Cameron. He earned his Ed.S. from Oral Roberts (OK) University, M.S. Education from Newman (KS) University and B.A. Communications and Theater Arts from Sterling (KS) College.