AdministrationSandy Maxson, Superintendent
I grew up in the Jackson area and graduated from Northwest High School. After earning my Associate's Degree from Jackson Community College, I got married and moved to South Carolina. I continued my education at The College of Charleston before moving back to Jackson and finishing my Bachelor's Degree at Spring Arbor College. As I was looking for a teaching position, I worked at Junior Achievement as a Program Director and then as the President. I found my home at da Vinci in 1995 when da Vinci was in its initial planning stages. I was a Math teacher for 8 years and now have been the High School Principal since 2004. I completed my Master's Degree in 2001 from Spring Arbor University in Educational Leadership. The Superintendency was added in 2011.
I love the compassionate community at da Vinci. We emphasize the importance of getting to know our students. We feel that the better we know the student, the better we can help them be successful. Ultimately, it's the dedication and commitment of the staff, that makes da Vinci unique. I am so proud of the staff we have at da Vinci.
I have been married to my husband, Jack, since 1985, and I have two daughters. Chelsea graduated from MSU with a major in Communication. She works in East Lansing. Michelle graduated from Grass Lake High School and is a licensed cosmetologist and attends Jackson College. I love to spend time with my girls, love to shop and travel, and I love to read novels. I have a Jack Russell Terrior named Lucy.
Kim Mead, Principal - High SchoolKim Mead is the Principal of the daVinci 7-12 grades school. She began her adult working life in the field of business, but later returned to school to pursue a career in education. Kim earned a Bachelor of Arts from Central Michigan University, teaching certificates from Cedar Crest College (Allentown, PA) and Spring Arbor University, plus a Master of Art Degree in Educational Leadership from Central Michigan University. She spent several years working with special needs children and in educational supervision. Kim later found her 'home' at daVinci, where she became a Behavioral Intervention Specialist and Assistant High School Principal before advancing to her current position.Kim and her husband, Bryan, live in the Brooklyn area. They enjoy spending time on the water at Clark Lake, and weekends up north at their cabin. The couple has two grown children, Harmony and Carson, and a grandchild, Claire.Dave Averill, Principal - Primary School
Dear da Vinci Families,
Hello, My name is David Averill and I am the new principal of da Vinci Primary School. Let me tell you a little bit about myself. I am 53 years old, married to my wife Ursula and have two daughters named Stevie (18) and Natalie (8).
I am not new to education as I was an elementary teacher for 9 years and am in my 17th year as an elementary school principal. I love working with children, parents and teachers and feel very fortunate to be at da Vinci. I have found the da Vinci school family to be very welcoming.
I believe all children can be successful in their own way with their own strengths. It is all of our jobs to help them grow into positive, skilled members of society. Our staff will work hard to do our part and ask that you do yours. The biggest indicator of a students' success is a concerned parent and second is a strong teacher. The third most important factor of students' success is attendance. We can't teach students the important basic skills they need if they aren't here. Let's work together to make da Vinci the best school possible and help every child prosper.