Renaming ceremony for Davis Early Learning Center honors community leader and educator

Metro Schools honored a community leader and legendary Metro Nashville educator at the renaming ceremony for the Ivanetta H. Davis Early Learning Center, formerly the Bordeaux Early Learning Center, last Friday. P1030801

Mrs. Ivanetta H. Davis was a distinguished community leader and educator with a long career in Nashville Public Schools. She is perhaps best known for her tenure as the principal of Moses McKissack Elementary School from 1954 to 1983. Under her leadership, the elementary school became the first in Tennessee to be accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

Davis is also known for being the First Lady of Tennessee State University, where her husband, Dr. Walter S. Davis, was president from 1948 to 1968.

In attendance to recognize the Metro Nashville educator were MNPS Chief of Schools Dr. Sito Narcisse, MNPS Chief Academic Officer Dr. Monique Felder and several members of the Board of Education.

The Davis ELC features 10 classrooms that will provide a high-quality, play-based curriculum designed to support the development of children as a whole and prepare them for kindergarten. To support their pre-K program, the Davis ELC has partnered with non-profits, like Plant the Seed which will give students interactive educational experiences through providing a garden-based curriculum.