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Familiar educator leading Lancaster schools

Jackie Nunnery

by Jackie Nunnery

While the title may be different, the name and face are probably familiar to many in the community. Prior to being tapped to lead Lancaster schools as superintendent at the October school board meeting, Jessica Davis had spent nearly her whole professional career with Lancaster schools in a number of roles with increasing responsibility.

Davis arrived in Lancaster in 1997, shortly after receiving a bachelor’s in elementary education from Clarion University, now known as Pennsylvania Western University, Clarion. She spent the next 16 years teaching kindergarten before receiving a master’s from Virginia Commonwealth University in education administration and supervision and moving into administrative roles at the middle school, first as assistant principal, then as principal. Davis moved to the central office in 2019 as director of instruction and was named the superintendent’s designee.

“Every experience has been so different. I’ve been so thankful for all of them because they’ve brought everything together….
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