Clara Sale-Davis was born, raised, and educated in Texas. She worked in the Brazosport Independent School District in Freeport, Texas, for 25 years, beginning her career as a teacher at Jane Long Elementary in Freeport. 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.
She was appointed principal of Freeport Intermediate Schools (FIS) and served as principal of both schools for one year, before becoming principal of Freeport Intermediate exclusively. Under her leadership, FIS evolved from a low-performing school to one that has commanded nationwide attention and 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 “National School to Watch.”
Clara 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 (1997–98) and also received the Texas Alpha Delta Kappa Excellence in Education Award.
For six years, 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, Tennessee. Clara then served as a consultant for Metro Nashville Public Schools. Moving back to Texas, she became the executive director for curriculum and instruction for the Pasadena Independent School District. She is now excited to return home to Brazosport ISD to serve as chief academic officer, in order to create a professional learning community blueprint.