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When school resumes in August, Brennan Woods Elementary School in the Northwest R-1 School District in High Ridge will have a new principal.

Jeannie Davis, vice-principal at Maple Grove Elementary School in Dittmer, has been promoted to take over.

Davis, 47, of Cedar Hill will replace Mary Smith, who has been promoted to director of student services, taking the job that Nicole Myers leaves on June 30 for a new assistant director of early childhood special education for the school district of Wentzville.

Davis takes an annual salary of $77,481.25 as vice-principal at Maple Grove Elementary and will earn $96,703 in her new position next year, said Chuck McPherson, communications and community relations coordinator.

Smith earns $94,031.60 a year as director of Brennan Woods and will earn an annual salary of $115,403.20 as director of student services.

Myers earns $104,432.33 at Northwest R-1 and will earn $104,000 next school year in Wentzville, which is closer to home.

Davis, who served as vice-principal at Maple Grove for a year, began her educational career at Brennan Woods 18 years ago as a fourth-grade classroom teacher.

“I’m thrilled to be going back to where it all started,” she said.

Grace Green, assistant superintendent of elementary schools at R-1, said Davis was chosen from a field of 11 applicants.

Superintendent Desi Kirchhofer said Davis deserved the promotion.

“Jeannie is very strong as an instructional leader,” he said. “She has held a variety of different roles within the district, from teacher to reading specialist to reading advocate.”

Davis taught first and fourth grade at Brennan Woods before becoming a reading specialist in 2009. She also worked as a literacy coach in the district.

Smith said she, too, thinks Jeannie is the right person to take on the senior job at Brennan Woods.

“I think Jeannie has a lot of experience in the district, and also in academics in general, which can help her step into the role of Brennan Woods and move the community forward,” Smith said.

Davis said she was excited when she saw the job posting.

“I wasn’t really looking for a job and I knew I wanted to stay in the neighborhood,” she says. “I knew I wanted to be a building manager.”

Davis assumes his new role on July 1.

“My goal for this first year is just to really focus on relationships with staff, students, families and community members,” she said.

Davis said she had worked in the Northwest District her entire career because it felt like home.

“You really feel like part of the Northwest family,” she said.

Davis earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 2003 from Missouri Baptist University, a master’s degree in education with special certification as a reading specialist in 2007 from Missouri Baptist University, and a master’s degree in educational administration in 2012 from Missouri Baptist University.

She is currently pursuing an Education Specialist degree from Southeast Missouri State University.

The Northwest Board of Education voted 6-0 on June 23 to promote Davis to principal. Board member Gary Bonacker was not at the meeting.