Josie Paquette Selected as Principal for Davison Middle School
After nearly four decades as an educator, Davison Middle School Principal Shelly Fenner-Krasny has announced her retirement. Josie Paquette, Davison Middle School Assistant Principal, was named as her successor, effective July 1.
“Josie has demonstrated great leadership skills,” said Superintendent Kevin Brown. “She has a sound knowledge of curriculum, instruction and assessment, and we are excited about her taking over the leadership at the middle school.”
“I have had the pleasure of working with Mrs. Paquette through the many roles that she has taken on for Davison Community Schools,” said Assistant Superintendent Matt Lobban. “Through each and every one of them she has displayed the level of vision and commitment we need to continue moving Davison Middle School forward. I have no doubt that Mrs. Paquette will continue the strong foundation that has been laid through Connections, Curriculum and Opportunities with and for students. Josie truly exemplifies the "Kid's First" mission every student deserves."
Paquette said she is already excited to begin the 2019-20 school year at DMS!
“For over 15 years, I have had the privilege of interacting with the students, staff and parents of Davison Middle School as a teacher, a coach, a parent, and as an assistant principal,” she said. “I am extremely honored and looking forward to being able to continue to walk the halls of DMS connecting with students and discovering what their dreams and aspirations are. You’ll probably even see me still in the front bus loop each morning as there’s nothing more fulfilling than being able to smile and greet students to insure they have a positive start to their day.”
Paquette started her career at DCS in 2003 teaching seventh grade math, honors math and reading. After that first year, she then taught seventh grade science, language arts, keyboarding, Technology Literacy. Her longest stint was as an eighth grade science teacher before she was named the Assistant Principal at DMS five years ago.
“The staff at Davison Middle School works tirelessly because they are committed to providing a top notch education that not only includes academics but social and emotional skills as well,” Paquette said. “Being a teen-ager is tough enough, and our middle school staff knows that emotions drives a student’s attention, which then and only then leads to learning and memory. I may be biased, but I feel like I am the lucky one to be able to be a part of such an outstanding, high performing staff while guiding students through their transitional teenage years.”
Josie and her husband, Jim, have 14-year-old identical twin boys, Sinjin & Tristian Paquette, whom are soon to be freshman at Davison High School. Josie also has two foreign exchange daughters, Larissa (Amsterdam) and Anna (Finland), who the family still keeps in touch with. They also have a dog, Terra, who thinks she’s a cat and a cat, Stella, who thinks she’s a dog.
“Our household is never boring. How could it be with two teenagers about to start driver’s training!?,” she said.
Paquette is a University of Michigan fan and in her spare time enjoys reading, attending her sons’ soccer games, playing volleyball, camping with her family, hanging out up north, and traveling just about anywhere—but preferably in a warmer than colder climate.