2018-2019 School Year-Welcome HPS Family and Friends,

I would like to take this opportunity to personally extend my welcome to you and your family into the Holland Public Schools for the 2018-2019 school year. Thank you for selecting our school district as your district of choice.

I recognize that parents have many choices for the education of their children. At HPS, we take great care to honor and respect the responsibility that we have to educate the children of our community. 

  • We work to ensure that we provide safe, secure and predictable learning environments where students are at the center of engagement.
  • We focus on learning that inspires innovation, critical thinking and problem-solving.
  • We are a district that is just the right size to provide comprehensive programming to meet student interest and learning needs. We are also a district of just the right size where students are known on an individual basis. This provides us with a unique ability to demonstrate a true understanding of their personal interests and needs in a heart-felt and compassionate way.
  • Relationships are the key to all learning and we look forward to developing these relationships with you over the course of the school year. As your child's first teacher, please share with us regularly the interests and gifts that your child already has and ideas that you have on how we can continue to further support their learning and future goals.

In the past decade, we have studied and implemented many new effective innovations that will prepare our students to be world ready. This includes:

  • The expansion of our Advanced Placement classes at Holland High school.
  • The area’s only Early College High School program to advance post-secondary achievements. Students can earn up to 62 direct transferable credits to any college/university in Michigan at the end of their 13th year and/or an Associate Degree. Our new program expansion and partnership with Davenport University makes this learning available here in Holland with multiple career pathway options.
  • The areas only Two-Way Bilingual Spanish Immersion program where students from two different cultures come together to become bi-literate and bi-cultural. This program now serves students in grades K-8.
  • The area’s only K-7 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) program leading into a three-year engineering pathway through Project Lead the Way at Holland High school. We not only want our students to be proficient in the core academics, we want our students to think like scientists and mathematicians.
  • Developing digital citizens has also taken a new priority in our district recognizing the ways in which students will have to communicate and collaborate across multiple platforms. We now provide access to 1:1 devices in all of our buildings and classrooms.

These programs compliment a rich extra-curricular program including local, state and nationally recognized performing arts, athletics, and academic extra-curricular options.

In addition to our programs; we have a learning environment where students and families from nearly 40 countries, speaking nearly 30 different languages, come together to learn each day. We place great value in our cultural diversity and view this as a defining strength as we prepare our students for the future. Alumni frequently share with me that this learning experience in HPS prepared them well for careers and continued learning in a diverse and ever changing world.

Again, welcome to Holland Public Schools. It is great to have you part of our family and rich traditions. We have great students with even greater potential. If there is anything that I or a member of my team can do to support you or your child, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. Your success is our success and together, our learners will do amazing things.

Warmly,

Dr. Brian Davis

Meet Dr. Brian Davis

Dr. Davis is the current superintendent of Holland Public Schools. He is starting his 11th year as superintendent in the district and his 27th year in education. He has been in the district since July, 2000. He is the 12th superintendent in the rich history of our district and the third longest seated superintendent in the district with Walter W. Scott who served 1952-1963. 

Superintendent Davis was born and raised in Hillsdale County. He grew up on a forty acre farm assisting his parents in raising crops and livestock throughout his childhood and high school years. He was very involved with 4-H and many extra-curricular activities in high school, especially in music. In high school, he was the drum major of the marching band for three years and was the recipient of the John Phillips Sousa Award. Following his senior year in high school, Dr. Davis was selected to play with the Michigan Lion's All-State Band as an alto saxophonist. This statewide band was comprised of over 300 talented musicians. As a participant in this band, he was able to travel to China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan as part of the International Lions Convention held in Taipei, Taiwan.

This was the beginning of Superintendent Davis' cultural exchanges. He also had the opportunity to study the teaching of reading his senior year in college at the University of Western Australia, in Perth, Australia. His student teaching experience was in Southampton, England. He also co-lead a People to People delegation to the People's Republic of China in 2007 to study language acquisition. These educational travel experiences have lead to his love of travel in general now having visited over 35 different countries. At the heart of his travel, he enjoys learning about the culture of each country visited and understanding of the education system each country provides to its children.

Superintendent Davis is a first-generation college graduate in his family. Working many part-time jobs throughout high school and college, he was able to pay for his college education. His first degree was earning a Bachelor of Science in Education from Central Michigan University with a major in mathematics and a minor in reading. His teaching career began in 1992 with Jonesville Community Schools where he taught sixth-grade math for three years and second grade for one year. 

Superintendent Davis’ career transitioned in 1996 into guidance and counseling following his completion of a Master of Arts from Eastern Michigan University in K-12 School Counseling. Dr. Davis worked with Zeeland Public Schools at Creekside Middle School for four years as a middle school counselor and teacher. 

In 2000, Dr. Davis began his career at Holland Public Schools as an elementary principal at Lakeview School. This followed his completion of his Educational Specialist Degree from Michigan State University in Educational Leadership. Since this time, Dr. Davis has served as the Assistant Superintendent of Teaching & Learning for five years and his current tenure as Superintendent of Schools. Dr. Davis completed his Ph.D. at Western Michigan University receiving a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership, Research, and Technology.

Superintendent Davis was named by the Michigan Association of School Administrators as the 2011 Michigan State Superintendent of the Year. Since this acknowledgment, he has had the opportunity to participate on the state and national level in assisting in shaping education policy and school reform efforts. He is currently the President of Region 3 of the Michigan Association of School Administrators representing Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Kent, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Osceola, and Ottawa County.

Superintendent Davis is committed to providing a 21st Century learning experience for all students and is driven to create a building infrastructure, curriculum, instructional practices and assessments that align with preparing students to be prepared for a diverse and ever changing world.  "All students regardless of class, culture or community, should be college capable and career ready to be contributing members of our community."  Continuous school improvement is at the heart of his work. In addition, Dr. Davis spends time increasing his knowledge and understanding around equity and social justice issues to increase his cultural competence, intellect, and humility.

Dr. Davis volunteers his time in several community non-profit organizations where he is or has served on the councils and board of directors including: City of Holland Human Relation Commission-Community Network for Education, Cradle to Career, Destination Education, Holland Historical Trust, Kids Hope USA, Model Communities, Ready for School, Rotary, Tulip Time Festival, Wavecrest Career Academy, the West Michigan Chamber of Commerce and Talent 2025. He is also presently serving on the Michigan Association of School Administrators Professional Growth and Leadership Committee and the Michigan Department of Education's Excellent Educators Advisory Group. He is also active as a strong advocate for public education staying on top of legislative movements that impact public education from policy to funding. He served as a school leader as part of the Michigan School Research Finance Collaborative in addressing the base funding needed in Michigan to provide quality education and services aligned with the Michigan Standards and Top 10 in 10 initiatives.

"In addition to my time with current students in our schools, I really enjoy connecting with alumni from Holland Public Schools." Feel free to share your alumni story with him at bdavis@hollandpublicschools.org.