• Hello Davis Families,

      My name is Shawanna James-Coles, M.Ed., and I am the proud principal of Davis Elementary School. I am a graduate of Temple University, Cambridge College and Lehigh University.  I began my career in education as an elementary school teacher at Dr. Tanner G. Duckrey Elementary School in the School District of Philadelphia, and I spent fifteen years teaching second grade and kindergarten.  It was during my time as a classroom educator that I participated in extensive training in both literacy and mathematics best practices as well as classroom management in collaboration with Drexel and Temple Universities. I was also the Dean of students for the Lower School.

      While working in the School District of Philadelphia, I was trained in distributed leadership through the University of Pennsylvania and served on the Distributed Leadership Team.  I have also served as a member of Temple University’s Instructional Leadership Team.  I expanded my leadership role as both an Instructional Reform Facilitator and as an Instructional Specialist, both for the School District of Philadelphia.  It was during this time that I was able to utilize my learned leadership skills in working closely with teachers and principals throughout the District.

      Additionally, my leadership is shared in the greater community, I participate in and organizize many outreach efforts to support undeserved and underrepresented communities. 

      On a more personal note, I have been married to my high school sweetheart, Bernardo for 23 years. We have 2 amazing children, Jared and Kelli. I enjoy vacationing with my family, binge watching my favorite television shows on the weekend, Sunday dinner after church, and eating my favorite food, buffalo wings.

      I look forward to learning and growing together!




      We are pleased that you are taking a few minutes to read about this school where student achievement is our priority.

      As you explore the various pages, you will learn more about the curriculum, students’ activities, and staff. If you have any questions or comments about this website, please contact the principal, Ms. Coles, (215) 441-6000, Extension 15001 or via email at colesh@centennialsd.org.