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Clara Sale-Davis

Clara Sale-Davis is the chief academic improvement officer at Brazosport Independent School District. She has served as the Public Education Foundation director for the Benwood Initiative, a collaborative reform effort with the Hamilton County Schools and the Benwood Foundation in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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Clara Sale-Davis

Clara Sale-Davis takes no excuses for low performance, and she sets an inspiring example for all students, noting that “all means all.” Born, raised, and educated in Texas, she worked in the Brazosport Independent School District in Freeport for 25 years.

he began her career as a classroom teacher in Freeport, Texas. Six years later, Clara became an assistant principal at Velasco Elementary. She then accepted a position as principal of O. A. Fleming Elementary, where she remained for three years. Her demonstrated leadership caught the attention of the superintendent, who appointed her principal of Freeport Intermediate Schools. She served as principal of both schools, O. A. Fleming and Freeport Intermediate School (FIS), for one year and then became the principal for FIS exclusively. With Clara’s spirit of collaboration and her skill of dispersed leadership, FIS evolved from a low-performing school to one that has commanded nationwide attention and has earned such awards as the National Blue Ribbon Award (2002). In addition, FIS was chosen by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform as one of four schools in the nation to be a National School to Watch.

In addition to her school’s accolades, Clara holds numerous professional distinctions. She served on the panel for the American Institute for Research in Washington, DC, and on the Advisory Committee on Education. She was awarded Region IV Principal of the Year (1997–1998) and also received the Texas Alpha Delta Kappa Excellence in Education Award. These accomplishments were noticed by the Public Education Foundation in 2007, a nonprofit reform support organization that provides leadership development, family involvement, and teacher quality programs in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

She served as the Public Education Foundation director for the Benwood Initiative, a collaborative reform effort between the Public Education Foundation, Hamilton County Schools, and the Benwood Foundation in Chattanooga, for six years. She served as a consultant for Metro Nashville Public Schools and then moved back to Texas and became the executive director for curriculum and instruction for the Pasadena Independent School District. She is now excited to be home in Brazosport ISD (BISD) to serve as the chief academic improvement officer. Clara continues to serve as an associate for Solution Tree.


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Presentations by Clara Sale-Davis

The Journey

“She is delightful and has a genuine approach that is motivating. I would have her present this 10 times out of 10.”

Cindy Hester, principal, York Chester Middle School, North Carolina

“I think your energy and ideas were so relevant and wonderful. You really have motivated me and my team.”

Melissa Emerson, principal, Washington Middle School, New York