Terrence Davis

Superintendent of Banning Unified School District

Terrence Davis has spent the last 25 years in public education in roles varying from classroom teacher to Superintendent. His TED-Ed talk would be how his real life experiences growing up in a challenging neighborhood in Northern California, has molded him into the empathetic and compassionate leader he now is. His talk will weave how these real-life experiences intertwine with life as an educational leader. While serving as superintendent in neighboring Beaumont, California from 2016 to 2020, Mr. Davis led the fastest growing school district in Southern California. Under Mr. Davis’ leadership and with 1,000 employees, 12,000 students who represent speakers of over 30 different languages, a $120M annual budget, and 12 schools, the district now ranks 5th in Riverside County for improved student academic achievement in both mathematics and English Language Arts. The graduation rate increased to 93.6%, and 48.4% (n=381) of English Learners made progress towards English proficiency.

As a leader, Mr. Davis was awarded the Transformational Leadership Consortium Educator’s Award as Superintendent of the Year by the California Economic Empowerment Movement (CEEM) in 2018. That same year, Mr. Davis was awarded Superintendent of the Year by the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Western Riverside County Association of School Managers (WRACSM). In 2019 he received the Dorothy Ingram Educator of the year award, and in 2020 was awarded the California Continuing Education Association (CCEA) Superintendent of the Year. Mr. Davis has received numerous honors for his leadership and work in the community. In addition, Mr. Davis has received recognition as Educator of the Year and Certificated Administrator of the Year in Beaumont and Banning as a Superintendent. He serves on the State Board of Directors and a Past President for Region 19 of ACSA, as well as serving as a member of the ACSA Leadership Institute faculty.

Mr. Davis has also served as assistant superintendent of human resources, director of human resources, special education program specialist, and special education teacher in Beaumont, Temecula, and Alvord, respectively.

Mr. Davis defines the core of his work as creating exceptional educational opportunities for students to be successful in the global workforce as well as cultivating an environment to support administrators, teachers, and support staff. He is known as a leader who strives to build relationships through the lens of equity and compassion, as he values the voice of students, staff, and parents, with the intent to make informed decisions to improve the learning environment for each student.