DEARBORN, Mo. — A Ravenwood native will have a new job title as he closes out his first decade as an educator.
Ryan Davis, who moved from Ravenwood to attend Northwest Missouri State University after high school, was named the new assistant principal at the North Platte junior high and high school — a position created for Davis during the district’s March school board meeting.
Davis has been teaching American history and geography at North Platte for the past five years, and will keep teaching three hours next year in addition to his new administrative duties.
“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 the 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. Before that, he taught two years at Lexington and two at Savannah.
His first foray into the education field came while he was a student at Northwest. While working toward his degree in social studies, Davis was an assistant basketball coach at his alma mater, Northeast Nodaway, for a year before becoming the head coach for two years. In those two years, he posted a 47-8 mark before graduating and starting his teaching career at Lexington.
In 2017, Davis picked up his master’s degree in K-12 leadership from Northwest — a school he grew up wanting to attend. He is an avid fan of the Bearcats, and has attended every national championship for both football and basketball since 1998.
He’ll start his new duties as assistant principal 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.”