Dakota Hills administrator will take over for Guthrie in July
Erik Davis, an assistant administrator at Dakota Hills Middle School, has been hired to be principal at Shannon Park Elementary starting July 1.
He will take the place of Michael Guthrie, who is retiring at the end of this school year following a 29-year career in the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School District.
Guthrie, whose retirement was approved by the School Board in January, has spent the last 17 years as principal at Shannon Park.
Davis has worked in the district since 2001 and knows Guthrie will be a tough act to follow.
“My job is to support staff and be there for students and their families,” Davis said. “I’m transparent. I’m welcoming. My door is always open. The whole community has a voice. I’m inclusive as possible. I hope to continue to build on this tradition of excellence.”
Davis has worked as a second-grade teacher, and team leader at Pinewood Community School before working as instructional technology coordinator and assistant administrator at Falcon Ridge Middle School.
“My roots are in elementary schools, so it’s good to be back,” Davis said.
He said he appreciates being in the elementary setting because one can see the growth through six years of a child’s life.
He has been at Dakota Hills Middle School since 2011.
He’s also a product of the Rosemount school system.
Shannon Park was built while he was a student at Rosemount High School. His children currently attend Shannon Park so he’s already made many connections with the families there.
He hopes to continue the tradition started by Guthrie.
“I have a huge, huge hole to fill,” Davis said. “We both have the philosophy of making connections with students and families and staff. I’m part of the community already, so I’m ahead of the game. I just have to establish more relationships and uphold the standards of (Guthrie).”
One thing he’ll be able to help with is bringing more technology to the classroom. As the one-to-one iPad initiative starts being implemented at the elementary level, Davis will have experience from his days at Dakota Hills, which has implemented iPads, and as an instructional technology coordinator at Falcon Ridge.
“Implementation will trickle down the next few years,” Davis said. “I embrace technology. The key is to provide professional development with staff so students can be successful.”
Davis is well known in the hockey community. He’s been assistant hockey coach for Rosemount, Eagan and Eastview high school hockey teams, and currently volunteers his time as a youth hockey coach for the Rosemount Area Hockey Association.
Davis earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Minnesota Duluth, has a master’s degree in teaching and learning from St. Mary’s University and a specialist degree in educational leadership from Minnesota State University, Mankato.