Alumna Shavon Davis Louis named principal at Cason Lane Academy

Educational success has always been a priority for Shavon Davis Louis. Back when she roamed the halls of Port Gibson High School, she realized that making her own mark in education was an attainable goal for her future.

After years of contributing to the lives and educations of students in Mississippi and Tennessee as a teacher, Louis has accepted a new role; principal.

The Alcorn State University alumna and Port Gibson, Mississippi native was selected to serve as the leader of Cason Lane Academy in Murfreesboro, Tennessee in June. Louis, who earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a concentration in math and science from Alcorn in 2001, recently served as the district coordinator for Instructional Effectiveness and Professional Development in Tennessee. She has also served in the roles of assistant principal, teacher and instructional technologist in Murfreesboro City Schools. She was also an adjunct instructor and consultant for The New Teacher Project.

Louis’ ascension in the educational realm is confirmation of her reaching the pinnacle of her career. She looks forward to putting her best foot forward to enhance the academic success of her students.

“I am elated to be the new educational leader at Cason Lane Academy and to work with each stakeholder as a partner in education to ensure every child’s success,” said Louis.

For Louis, effectively working as a team is the key to positive academic results.

“My main goal is to ensure that every student receives the highest quality education possible in a safe and positive learning environment. Working together as a team with the staff and parents, I am committed to helping each student achieve their very best. Every student is valuable and worthy of my absolute best effort. Along with teachers and staff, I will work to continue the legacy of success established at Cason Lane Academy by building strong relationships with parents, students, teachers and community partners.”

As Louis reflects on her days as a student, she credits some of her high school and college teachers for shaping her into the educator that she has become.

“Dr. Malinda Butler, Cynthia Patten and Marchetta Atkins are just a few of the teachers who helped shape me into the person I am. Dr. Shirley Jean Reeves also had a remarkable influence on my life and she was my high school principal when I realized I wanted to become a principal. Her impact on my life is one that I will never forget. She personified excellence, demanded the best from her teachers and students, and she was particularly vested in influencing the lives of the young ladies at Port Gibson High School. She believed in us, she pushed us to our potential and accepted no excuses.”

Part of the reason why Louis loves education is because of the impact she's able to make among the students. She plans to continue to pass the educational gems that she received to her students.

“I want to make a difference in the lives of children. I want to be one of their biggest cheerleaders. I want to help positively shape their future. I want to give back what Dr. Butler, Mrs. Patten, Mrs. Atkins, Dr. Reeves and countless others gave me.”

In education, no day is the same. The field’s unpredictable nature is what fuels Louis’ love for what she does.

“Every day is different, every second counts and I learn something new every day. I believe education is life changing. As a beneficiary of a stellar public education, I became an educator to return the gift that was bestowed upon me. To see a child fall in love with something, to watch them go head over heels for a concept or idea, to be completely enthralled in a moment of joy – curiosity spilling over, their excitement becomes contagious and that is my absolute favorite part of being an educator.”

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