Rashid Ferrod Davis, Founding Principal
Mr. Davis opened P-TECH after fifteen years of experience in New York City public schools, as a teacher, assistant principal and, most recently, the principal of Bronx Engineering and Technology Academy (BETA). Under his leadership, BETA rose to #143 on the Newsweek list of 1500 Top American High Schools, also receiving accolades from US News and World Reports and Good Morning America.
After a rigorous interview process, Davis was selected for this position by consensus of a steering committee made up of the NYC Department of Education, CUNY Early College Initiative, NYC College of Technology and the Corporate Citizenship office of IBM. His passion for education—three masters degrees speak for themselves—as well as an unwavering focus on results make him the ideal candidate to run a pioneering new school like P-TECH. Most importantly, he is a champion for underserved children, creating opportunities where they are limited and ensuring that his kids get nothing but the best.
Rashid Davis is bridging different worlds to create the unique institution that is P-TECH. With the involvement of higher education, the IBM corporation and the Department of Education, he is creating something brand new, which aims to “change generations” through education that is aligned with college and the workplace.
“The P-TECH model is not just about being successful, it’s about being significant. Our children deserve nothing less.”Recent Awards and Recognition:2012 Cahn Fellow2012 Education Update Outstanding Administrator of the YearFollow Principal Davis on the web: