The district appointed Travis Davey as the new principal of Babylon Elementary School, effective July 1, 2016.
Mr. Davey comes to the district from the South Country Central School District, where he served as principal since 2010. For the last two years, he worked as principal of Bellport Middle School and, prior to that, he served as principal of Brookhaven Elementary School.
During his time in South Country, Mr. Davey oversaw the implementation of such programs as the Lucy Calkins Reading and Writing Units of Study and the introduction of evidence-based social-emotional curriculum and mindfulness training. Furthermore, he worked to strengthen the home-to-school partnership through such initiatives as the Shared Decision Making Team and by creating end-of-unit writing celebrations in classrooms throughout the elementary school.
Prior to his work in South Country, Mr. Davey worked as the assistant principal at St. Michael the Archangel School, located in Raleigh, North Carolina. Here he oversaw a student population spanning preschool to eighth grade and was an integral part of the building earning the National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Award in 2010.
Throughout his career, Mr. Davey has been awarded a number of professional accolades, including a Regional Excellence in Teaching Award and being nominated for Administrator of the Year by the Empire State School Administrators Association three consecutive years. He holds two master’s degrees from the University of Notre Dame – a Master of Arts in Education in Elementary Education and a Master of Arts in Educational Administration. He also earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Notre Dame in 2001.
Aside from being an accomplished educator, Mr. Davey prides himself in being a devoted family man to his wife and four children.
Members of the Babylon community are invited to learn more about Mr. Davey during an informal Meet and Greet event on Wednesday, July 20, from 10-11 a.m., at the Babylon Elementary School.