The Imagine International Academy of North Texas, a public tuition-free charter school scheduled to open in the fall of 2012 in McKinney, announced its new school director Thursday.
Operated by Imagine Schools, the Academy plans to serve approximately 950 students in grades K-9 for the 2012-2013 school year, offering a rigorous college preparatory curriculum based on the International Baccalaureate (IB) educational framework.
Margaret J. Davis will lead the Academy as its School Director, beginning in January 2012. Mrs. Davis was previously Director of International Baccalaureate and Gifted/Talented Programming at Longview ISD, overseeing the implementation of all three International Baccalaureate programs (Primary Years, Middle Years, and Diploma Years) at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.
At Longview, she also held the positions of School Principal at Forest Park Magnet School, and Supervisor of Student Assessment for the district.
“I am looking forward to using all of the skills, knowledge, and training I have received over the years to develop the Imagine International Academy of North Texas to its fullest potential,” said Mrs. Davis, adding that “the ability to bring all three International Baccalaureate programs together under one roof is an exciting opportunity for me.”
Prior to her tenure with Longview ISD, Mrs. Davis held both teaching and administrative positions at Highland Park ISD, consistently ranked among the top school districts in Texas, where she was responsible for the implementation of mathematics curriculum and staff development. Her experience additionally includes leadership and teaching roles at Garland ISD, Dallas ISD, and the prestigious private Hockaday School in Dallas.
She holds a B.A and M.S in Elementary Education from Baylor University, with a Texas State Mid-Management certification in Educational Administration from Texas A&M University – Commerce. Mrs. Davis was also part of a select group of Texas school administrators chosen to attend The Art of Leadership institute at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Based upon her experiences at Harvard University, Mrs. Davis developed a regional Youth Leadership Conference as a joint project between Longview ISD’s International Baccalaureate program and LeTourneau University, aimed at helping young leaders understand how they can make a difference in the world. The Youth Leadership Conference has drawn up to 900 students together annually to focus on growing their leadership skills and strengths with a global perspective, and is now in its third year.
Recently, Mrs. Davis was a presenter at the 2011 International Baccalaureate Organization’s Conference of the Americas held in San Antonio, Texas, where she shared with conference attendees the growing impact of an endeavor called “15 Days of Caring,” initiated as part of Longview ISD’s International Baccalaureate program.
For fifteen days each school year, students and staff at IB schools worldwide are encouraged to focus deeply as a community on acts of caring, and at Longview ISD, this has resulted in IB student-initiated projects funding a weekend backpack meal program for local children, supporting American Red Cross relief efforts in Japan, helping provide books for a school in Kabul, Afghanistan, and assisting with the construction of shelters during the winter for children in Afghanistan through the Khaled Hosseini Foundation.
“I have known Margaret Davis for many years, and the Imagine International Academy of North Texas is lucky to have someone of her caliber and dedication leading the school,” said Karen Phillips, Executive Director of the Texas International Baccalaureate Schools organization.
The Academy began accepting applications for admission on November 1st, 2011 and has received over 750 applications to date. Applications will continue to be accepted for grades K – 9 until March 1st, 2012 from residents of the school’s primary geographic boundary which includes the school districts of McKinney, Allen, Frisco, Prosper, Celina, Melissa, Princeton, and Lovejoy.
For more information, visit the school’s website at http://www.imaginenorthtexas.org