Meet Jay Davidson

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Jay Davidson taught in San Francisco public schools from 1969 to 2003. He began by teaching English in seventh, eighth, and ninth grades. He moved to elementary school in 1975 and taught there for the remainder of his career, in kindergarten, first, second, third, and fifth grades.

During his career, Jay enjoyed working with other adults as well as children. He was a mentor teacher for four years, working with new teachers in the school district. He was also a master teacher, training student teachers from San Francisco State University and the University of San Francisco.

Jay’s teaching included working with parents, helping them to understand the importance of their role in educating children. Parents are their children's first, most important, and most consistent teachers.

In 1997 Jay became a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers and a Toastmaster. As a professional organizer and public speaker, Jay’s work focused on parenting, classroom organizing, and advancing literacy.

Upon retiring from teaching in 2003, Jay realized a long-held goal of becoming a Peace Corps Volunteer. In that capacity he was a curriculum development specialist working with the Ministry of Education in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, West Africa. His Peace Corps assignment also included teacher training and teaching intermediate conversational English to adults.