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Davina Coleman, Principal

Davina Coleman

Davina Coleman has a solid educational foundation and a passion for instruction and culture. She holds an expectation for educators to see the potential of success in every student that enters the building. It is her belief that students should be given the opportunity to develop into lifelong learners through a balanced education that addresses the needs of the individual, as well as the group, across the curricular mosaic..

Davina was excited to be named as the proud principal of Lady’s Island Elementary School in the summer of 2021. She has 13 years of educational experience, a decade of which she served in the Beaufort County School District. She served as the Assistant Principal of Robert Smalls International Academy for 2017-2018, after serving as RSIA’s Numeracy Coach for two years. During her tenure at RSIA, her instructional leadership led to instructional systems being revamped to include Professional Learning Communities, evaluation and feedback, and professional development. The instructional shifts led to Upper Academy’s increased proficiency level from Average to Good on the school report card.  Additionally, she was instrumental in changing the narrative of the school in the community. Her initiative led to RSIA’s social media campaign being revitalized, the physical environment transformed through an artist in residence project, and the onboarding of RSIA’s new staff as the certified 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’s trainer.

Prior to working at RSIA, Davina spent five years at Beaufort Middle School as a highly qualified math teacher, TAP mentor teacher, Math Department Chair, and member of the instructional leadership team and strategic steering committee for the arts. Her time as an educator at Beaufort Middle School produced consisted growth and achievement beyond one year’s growth and consistent growth across the math department. Prior to spending a decade with Beaufort County School District, she was a math instructor for the Joint Education Office Marine Corp Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay for their Military Academic Skills Program where she had the honor of serving Marines, Sailors, and their dependents.

Davina has earned a B.A. in Business Administration with a minor in Mathematics from Mercer University, a M.A.T. in Middle Level Mathematics from Western Governor University, and M.Ed in Educational Administration from University of South Carolina.  She is an avid presenter at education conferences from the local level to the global arena, leading professional development for BCSD’s Induction teachers annually to presenting at Leader in Me Global Summit. She has received the Rotary Clubs distinct honor of being New Teacher of the Year, in which she received a letter of recognition by Congressman Joe Wilson. She has been nominated for Beaufort Middle School’s Teacher of the Year and BCSD’s Assistant Principal of the Year.

Davina Coleman can be reached by email or phone: 843-322-2255.

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From the Desk of Davina Coleman

Lady's Island Elementary students wrote poems, short stories, and one-act plays, nine of which will be featured in the 2022 Young American Poetry Digest.

The creative writing efforts of Lady’s Island Elementary School students will be featured in an upcoming national publication, the 2022 Young American Poetry Digest. Their writings center around the South Carolina state motto “While I Breathe, I Hope.”

These student works are the result of a creative writing project called “Storybuilders,” led by retired teacher Carol Dawson and the Pat Conroy Literary Center. Selected students in first, third, and fifth grades worked with volunteers, including authors, poets, and educators, to create poems, short stories, and one-act plays throughout the 12-week program. At the conclusion, the children’s work was published internally with a bound anthology of their work. The students also held a presentation of selected readings and book signing for their peers, family, and dignitaries from the Pat Conroy Center.

“This project allowed our students a deep immersive experience with the arts,” said principal Davina Coleman. “The skills are so transferable to everyday life. We’re building great writers and hopefully we’ll inspire some of these students to choose writing, journalism, or screenwriting as a future career.”

The student poetry that emerged from the Storybuilders project was then submitted to the Young American Poetry Digest competition. Nine students had their work chosen for publication – Lucas Cardenas, Trey Dasher, Ashton Hinson, Owen Huang, Ja’Mya Rivers, Daniel Russell, Kamad Seabrooks-Gilbert, Gaberiel Singleton, and Christian Williams. Poems were selected for inclusion based on creativity, age appropriateness, sensory/figurative language, structure, and poetic techniques.

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Lady's Island Elementary is the district’s original arts-infused school of choice. The school’s arts-infused programming and the work of the Pat Conroy Literary Center are made possible in part through grants from the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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