We highly value the voices of all our stakeholders. To honor this, we would like to invite staff, students, parents, and community members to view the candidate presentations. Please share your feedback on the strengths and considerations of the candidates based on their presentations and the needs of East High School.
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About the Candidate: Terita Walker
Over the past 18 years, I have served as a teacher, school counselor, assistant principal, athletic director and athletic coach among other roles in school communities. Throughout my years at East High School and as a school leader, I have had the distinct pleasure of working with various teams and implementing many successful programs and initiatives to enhance the East Experience for our Angels. I have led the counseling department as a department chair and led the Science, visual and performing arts, PE and English departments as an assistant principal. With a background in working with AVID, Advanced Placement, Concurrent Enrollment, Gifted and Talented/Diverse Advanced Learners, 5A Athletics, RtI, ACT/SAT Test Administration, Summer School and Student Forums, I have been well prepared to lead the East High School Community into continued success. As the principal of East High School, I will build on our successes and strengthen our areas of growth by fostering effective relationships with our students, parents, staff and community, being responsive to the needs of students and valuing our school’s diversity.
- People and Culture Impact: Led to create adult culture that embraces continuous learning and feedback. This results in team cohesion and strong teacher leaders.
- Community and Equity Impact: Led in developing professional learning and student activities to encourage a school community that meaningfully engages in discussions and actions that promote the value of equity, diversity and cultural responsiveness.
- Organizational and Operational Impact: Effectively planned, organized and implemented complex school systems for the East Athletic Program. This resulted in approximately 1,700 student-athletes each year experiencing leadership development, community involvement and engagement in high levels of physical activity.
- Vision and Strategy Impact: Led the athletic program out of a crisis orientation and into a momentum-driven environment growing through cycles of success. This resulted in the execution of the athletic program strategic plan aligned with the school-wide strategic plan to design and implement structures that ensured students engage in an experience grounded in sportsmanship, leadership and high ethical standards.
- Instructional Expertise Impact: Students of an identified population participating in the AVID program received differentiation and college and career readiness programming to meet their individual needs. This data-driven instruction resulted in 95% of the students meeting their post-secondary goals.
About the Candidate: Dackri Davis
Currently, I serve as the Assistant Principal and Athletic Director at Denver East High School. Previously I served as the Director of College and Career Success for Aurora Public Schools (APS). This role centered on Graduation Requirements, Concurrent Enrollment, Advanced Placement Classes, International Baccalaureate Programs, Individuals Career and Academic Plans (ICAPs), and supporting all school counselors in the district.
Prior to being a Director, I was the Principal of Gateway High School also in APS, Principal at Henry World School in Denver Public Schools and the Assistant Principal at Denver East High School.
Before moving to Colorado 11 years ago, I served as an Assistant Principal, Athletic Director, and History teacher in Cobb, Gwinnett, and Clayton Counties in Georgia. I have a passion for learning and supporting individuals to meet their full potential.
This passion to serve others comes from my experience as an athlete and teammate. My coaches were incredible role models and leaders. They instilled in me the confidence and love of being someone that can be trusted. I was fortunate to be a collegiate athlete in softball and basketball on a full-ride scholarship. I also coached high school boys and girls in basketball, softball, and tennis. I love animals and spending time with my family. When not at school I enjoy playing golf, camping, and hiking. I am an avid sports fan, and love my Buckeyes, Braves, and Broncos!
I earned my bachelor’s degree in History from Piedmont College, my master’s degree in History from the University of West Georgia. I attended Kennesaw State University where I earned my principal licensure. One of my proudest moments was earning my Doctorate degree in Policy Studies focusing on Race, Class, and Gender from Georgia State University.
About the Candidate: David Krakoff
David Krakoff, currently the principal of a Florida middle school, has served in public education for 22 years, including the last 13 in educational leadership positions. Mr. Krakoff has served in a wide variety of roles and communities, making adaptability and relatability two of his strengths. For the first nine years of his career, he was a high school English Language Arts teacher. Later, he guided students as an assistant principal, athletic director, central office administrator and a building principal for the past six years. His experiences in public education have occurred in schools including: a Title 1 school with a 54% Hispanic population where 98% of the students live in economically disadvantaged families; a Title 1 school with a 95% African-American student population; a school that served students from nine counties; and a school where 97% of the students were white.
Mr. Krakoff’s leadership has impacted students as well as staff in significantly positive ways. Throughout his journey, by emphasizing systems designed to achieve instructional and cultural equity for all students, he has guided schools as a building principal to increases in student proficiency rates in three of four core areas, student growth rates that ranked in the top 15% of Florida’s public middle schools, decreases in student suspensions of 75%, and significant increases in student acceleration scores and daily attendance rates. In 2017, he became one of 10 middle school principals selected by the National Institute for School Leadership to be subject of a case study resulting from his development of a strategic plan to enhance differentiated instruction and the student data that resulted. In 2020 and 2021, Yearling Middle School, the site of Mr. Krakoff’s current principalship, produced consecutive Okeechobee County teachers of the year, including Krista Stanley, who is currently Florida’s state teacher of the year. Mr. Krakoff has made a point to emphasize the development of leadership capacity and embedded professional learning systems in his principalships.
Prior to serving as a building principal, Mr. Krakoff contributed to successful outcomes as an assistant principal as well. During his five years as vice principal at The Villages High School the school earned an “A” rating from the Florida Department of Education all five years In Mr. Krakoff’s final year at the school, The Villages High School’s average proficiency rates climbed to 15% or more above the state average in every tested area. While an assistant principal at Woodland Hills Junior High School, Mr. Krakoff contributed to a leadership team that guided the school to success in 19 areas of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) after the school succeeded in only eight areas of NCLB the year prior to his serving there.
In addition to his long track record of success in leadership, Mr. Krakoff has also served as an adjunct instructor with Rasmussen College and, as a head varsity basketball coach at multiple high schools, was named coach of the year three times. Under his coaching, his teams won three championships, 16 players went on to play at the college level, and he mentored four assistants who later became championship-winning head coaches themselves.
Mr. Krakoff’s pursuit of the East High School principalship stems from the alignment he sees between DPS, East High School, and his own background and leadership vision. Mr. Krakoff has also shared that he is seeking a long-term home at East High School and with DPS because he wants to partner with a school community that shares his passion for equity, both instructionally and culturally. Mr. Krakoff is a Pennsylvania native, a husband, and father. He and his wife, Jenny, their children, and their dogs Sophie and Cash, are passionate about making DPS and East High School their long-term home and family. Mr. Krakoff seeks to join the school’s commitment and mission to achieve instructional and cultural equity for all staff and students.