Have you met the new Damascus Christian School Principal yet? His name is Zach Davidson and he’s been part of the Damascus Christian family for a long time now — even though he just started working here.
Here are answers to a few questions we asked him — along with pictures of his family and his summer mission trip — he talks about each of those below.
1. We understand you’re extra excited to lead here because you have family connections to Damascus Christian School. What are they?
I have multiple deep roots at DCS going back to when my lovely wife started kindergarten at DCS in the fall of ‘84. She graduated from the class of ’97. Second, my mother-in-law, father-in-law,and brother-in-law have all served as members of the teaching staff at Damascus over the years. And both my wife and I have served on the DCC school commission. In the present, our two school-aged children attend Damascus.
2. Where are you coming to us from and how did it prepare you for leading our school?
I have served for the last 12 years in the Estacada School District as both a teacher and an administrator. Being thrust into serving as the lead administrator for the Junior High early into the start of this past school year significantly accelerated my learning curve.
Through that experience, I discovered the need for effective, transparent and constant communication. I also learned that change cannot be implemented successfully until a school’s culture and context is fully understood.
3. What are a couple of things you’re really looking forward to as the Principal of DCS?
I am looking forward to meeting new students and staff and joining a ministry, which seeks to assist parents in raising children with a Biblical worldview and cultivating a desire amongst our students to be the visible presence of Christ in our world.
4. You just joined the school in July. How did you spend the earlier part of your summer?
I spent June traveling to Rwanda with Africa New Life Ministries (see pictures below). I led an educational team to encourage and provide professional development to fellow Christian educators. I have been an advocate of ANLM for years as my family and I sponsor a child in Kageyo, Rwanda. Now, I serve on ANLM’s education board. I’m looking forward to sharing my experiences with staff and students in the fall.
5. Is there a greater roll for technology at DCS?
Absolutely. However, the implementation must be done correctly through proper staff training, appropriate tech support and with a vision that seeks to utilize technology as a tool to engage students in more rigorous and relevant learning.
6. Finally, a question for DCS students: what is your favorite food, your favorite color and what is your favorite team?
- Thai food
- The colors of a beautiful sky at sunset
- The Oregon Ducks
Be sure to say hi to Mr. Davidson the next time you are on campus!