This summer Billy Davis was named the new principal for tuition-free Lakeside Charter Academy. With more than twenty-six years of experience in education as both a teacher and an administrator, Mr. Davis joins our staff at an important time. He will continue to build on our reputation as an innovative, academically challenging elementary and middle school as we prepare to expand, adding a 9th grade beginning in the fall of 2024.
Meet Mr. Davis
Billy Davis grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and graduated from Green Run High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Mathematics Teacher Education at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, and an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Mr. Davis also attended Wingate University where he received his certificate in Secondary School Administration/Principalship.
He says, “I have a deep passion for education. Throughout my career, I have been fortunate to serve in various leadership positions including assistant principal at a high school and elementary school and principal at an elementary school. These experiences have shaped my educational philosophy which emphasizes the importance of fostering a nurturing and inclusive learning environment where students can thrive academically, emotionally, and socially.”
Mr. Davis and his wife, Jennifer, are parents to a 17-year-old daughter who is a high school senior this year.
5 Essential Questions for Mr. Davis
Why did you choose education as your career path?
I chose education because of the impact I saw teachers and coaches have on kids. I wanted to make the same impact.
What do you consider your greatest responsibility as Lakeside’s leader?
I am committed to maintaining a positive and inclusive school culture where every student feels safe, valued, and supported. I will also ensure that all students maximize their potential. With teachers, staff, and parents, we will continue to foster an environment that celebrates diversity and promotes our three pillars: scholarship, leadership, and citizenship.
What do you look forward to accomplishing this year at Lakeside?
I’m looking forward to establishing relationships with the students, the staff, and Lakeside’s families and community. Education is a collaborative effort. I firmly believe that effective communication between parents, teachers, and administrators is essential for the success of our students because the insights, ideas, and feedback everyone brings are vital in shaping the best learning experience for our students. Together we will strive to create an environment where students are inspired to become lifelong learners, critical thinkers, and responsible citizens of tomorrow.
When you close the door to your office at night, how will you know it’s been a good day?
It’s a good day if I have made a difference, however small, in a child’s life.
What do you want to explore in Cornelius?
Eating at local restaurants. I enjoy the local food scene, so please stop by and make some recommendations.
As Mr. Davis looks ahead to the start of Lakeside’s new school year, he tells us, “At Lakeside Charter Academy, we will continue to focus on providing a well-rounded education that encourages critical thinking, creativity, and a love for learning. We will embrace innovative teaching methods, technology, and current educational trends to prepare our students for the challenges of the 21st century. Together, let us embark on this journey of academic excellence, personal growth, and community learning.”
A limited number of spaces are still available for the 2023-24 school year. Enroll at Lakeside today and join us for an exciting year of growth.
Lakeside Charter Academy is a K-8 community-driven school where caring educators, parents, and local business leaders work to provide unparalleled education. Our approach is nurturing yet challenging, innovative while embracing proven traditions. We are committed to offering a safe, fun environment for children to reach their highest academic potential. Enroll your child today!