Ryan Davis will have a new job title when his 10th year of education starts in the fall.
North Platte recently picked Davis to be the new assistant principal at the junior high/high school, a job that was created during the March school board meeting.
The Ravenwood, Mo., native has been teaching American history and geography at the North Platte School District the past five years. He will still teach three hours next year, but the majority of his time will be spent in his new administrative job.
“I don’t know if I ever had a 10-year or 20-year plan, but I always had short goals,” Davis said. “I had been interested in administration and I’m excited to see what we can do and how we can help move North Platte forward and maintain success we have with test scores and athletics and things along those lines. It wasn’t something as soon as I graduated that I wanted to get into administration. I wanted to be a teacher. It has grown into wanting more.”
Davis will wrap up his ninth year of teaching this month, his fifth at North Platte. He taught two years at Lexington and two at Savannah prior to coming to Dearborn.
He will continue to serve as the girls basketball coach at North Platte with the promotion, but will be stepping down from his role as the softball assistant coach.
Davis’ first foray into the education field came while he was a student at Northwest Missouri State. While working toward his degree in social studies, Davis was an assistant basketball coach at his alma mater, Northeast Nodaway, for one year before the girls coach for two years while a student.
He racked up a 47-8 mark in two years before moving to Lexington after graduating from Northwest.
Davis picked up his master’s degree in K-12 leadership in 2017 from Northwest — a school he grew up wanting to attend. He is an avid fan of the Bearcats athletics program and has attended every national championship for both football and basketball since 1998.
He will start his new job officially on July 1.
“I’m excited, it is a great opportunity,” Davis said. “I still get to do what I love at North Platte. I love teaching but also growing into an administrative role. I think it is something that can definitely benefit the school. Michelle Johnson is great but she has been the only principal for seven grades. I think being able to relieve some of the headaches and responsibility will be awesome and I think it will only help her get better. And, I think she will help me do a good job in my role.”