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Superintendent Message

Superintendent Message

Dr. Donald "Don" J. Davis, Ed.D.

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Superintendent Message

The schools in Waterford are peaceful, safe, well maintained, and provide a rich educational experience for our students.  We use a combination of effective traditional teaching methods and state-of-the-art technology.  Our students benefit from having experienced well-trained teachers, and excellent support staff who strive to make every day count, with thoughtful activities and extra assistance when needed.


The Waterford school district is always improving and offering contemporary programs to inspire and engage our students.  The high school has new Career Technical programs in health occupations, child development, manufacturing and agriculture, and offers one of the only Engineering courses in the region.  Our younger students explore science and history with connections to literature.  All of our students get hands-on experience with computers and tablets, and are taught how to retrieve information from the internet with a critical eye for truth and accuracy.


In recent years we have made a commitment to increase Early Literacy instruction in the preschool and primary grades.  Students receive small group reading instruction to promote fluency and comprehension at the youngest grades.  We encourage parents and grandparents to volunteer in the classrooms to help kids gain decoding skills and increase their academic vocabulary.


If you’re interested in volunteering in classrooms contact the school office, or call us at the district office (209) 874-1809.


About Our Superintendent

Don Davis has spent over 35 years as a public educator and administrator in the Central Valley. Beginning as a teacher, he went on to serve as a principal, assistant superintendent and is now the Superintendent of Waterford Unified School District where he has served since 2009.


Davis’ tenure as Superintendent has included extensive collaboration among Stanislaus County school districts including a partnership to teach preschool and early elementary-aged students to read with free literacy software and learning tools that can be accessed on any smart phone. The program has been particularly helpful for students learning English.


He has focused on closing the achievement gap among all students, promoting early literacy, STEM and developing a model instructional program, and has spoken at a number of education conferences internationally and across the country on his experience with these initiatives.


In addition to earning a Doctorate in Education and Master’s in Education Administration, Davis has served at just about every level of public education giving him a combination of hands-on experience and training on how to effectively lead school districts. He was honored as California Principal of the Year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the Association of California School Administrators, and was Principal of Waterford High School when it was recognized as a California Distinguished School. This year, Waterford High School received the prestigious California Gold Ribbon.


Davis is involved with a number of county-wide organizations. He serves as a member of the Education Foundation of Stanislaus County, Special Education Local Plan Area and Stanislaus Partners in Education. Beyond education, Davis is member of Stanislaus Health Foundation and is a Council Member at Community Baptist Church in Waterford.    


He currently lives in Waterford with Kathy his wife of 37 years.  Their two grown children are Michael and Erin.