There must be something in the genes. Joshua Davidow seemed destined to lead a Boca Raton school, growing up with an educator mother.
But with a new school in the works for Addison Mizner Elementary, he knew this wouldn’t be the usual principal’s job. The new school will also grow from pre-school to eighth grade.
Q: What made you apply, knowing you would have all that on your plate?
A: For a principal, building a new school and expanding couldn’t be more exciting. There’s a lot of student responsibility, too, in that environment.
Q: In what way?
A: The biggest thing is to be patient. There may be challenges along the way, but we won’t do anything that’s harmful for the kids. We are going to get a new school.
Q: It sounds like you know the territory. You were principal of Waters Edge Elementary in West Boca and assistant principal at Boca Middle. You were a regional administrator.
A: I’m familiar with the community. This is a high-performing school and parents have high expectations.
People moved here because they want the best for their kids. The parent involvement is through the roof.
Addison Mizner has been a pillar in this community for years. We’ve stood the test of time for 50 years.
Q: What’s your plan in the meantime until the timeline and temporary move are set?
A: Being an A school, some students aren’t meeting grade level standards. We could be a higher-performing school.
My goal is having 100 percent of our kids meet them. It’s up to us to get them there.
If we do what’s right for the kids today, tomorrow we will make those decisions first.
By Marci Shatzman