New principal hired for Concord Junior High

Mandy Davis

ELKHART — Amanda “Mandy” Davis has been named the new principal at Concord Junior High School.

The Concord School Board unanimously approved the hire during Monday’s school board meeting.

Davis starts the job July 8 and will replace outgoing principal Rob Zook, who is resigning to relocate, school officials said. 

A native of LaPorte, Davis graduated from LaPorte High School in 1993. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English education from Indiana State University and holds a master’s degree in school administration from Purdue University Calumet. In 2018, Davis obtained her doctorate in educational leadership from Indiana University Bloomington.

Davis brings 22 years of education experience to the post. She comes to Concord Community Schools from Merrillville Community School Corp., where she is currently the director of elementary curriculum and instruction.

In addition, she’s had teaching, administrative and other roles at Valparaiso Community Schools, Michigan City Area Schools and South Bend Community School Corp.

Davis said she’s grateful for the opportunity to work alongside the Concord Junior High School staff.

“I believe the most important thing about accepting a new opportunity is that it be the right fit for both the school community and for me, and I am thoroughly convinced that Concord Junior High School is exactly where I am meant to be,” Davis said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to meet everyone and to get started on our journey together.”

Davis was chosen from a field of 31 candidates, Superintendent Tim Tahara said.

“Dr. Davis has had great experiences with diverse populations, like to wrap systems around processes, and demonstrated sound thinking about leadership issues in the school environment,” Tahara said. “We look forward to her joining our team.”

Concord Junior High, at 59397 C.R. 11 in Elkhart, serves approximately 900 students in Grades 7 and 8.

As incoming principal, Davis said she plans to support the continued growth of the school’s teachers and students, with an emphasis on student-first decision-making.

“The most important characteristic of an excellent school leader is genuine care for children. No matter what role the administrator is in and what topic is being addressed, the bottom line for decision-making must always be about what is best for kids,” Davis said.

Davis and her wife, Olivia, have two children – Jacob, 16, and Rachel, 14. She said most of her free time is spent as a “band mom” as her children are both heavily involved in music programs.

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