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Familiar face will take over as Shannon Park principal in 2017

Erik Davis (top), assistant administrator at Dakota Hills Middle School, will take over as principal at Shannon Park Elementary beginning July 1, 2017. Davis is pictured with his wife, Jenny, and two sons, Wyatt (11) and Grady (7). (Submitted photo)

A familiar face will be taking the reins at Shannon Park Elementary School following the upcoming retirement of long-time principal Michael Guthrie.

Erik Davis, assistant administrator at Dakota Hills Middle School, was born and raised in Rosemount, graduated from Rosemount High School, and has two sons who currently attend Shannon Park. Davis said those connections to the community will be valuable when he begins work as principal July 1.

"It means a ton to be able to give back to the community that raised me," said Davis. "I feel like I'm already a part of the fabric of the community, so being involved as principal means a ton to me — I'm very excited."

Davis is a 20-year veteran of District 196, which includes Rosemount, Eagan and Apple Valley. He began his career as a second-grade teacher and team leader at Pinewood Community School in Eagan. In 2007, Davis accepted a job as instructional technology coordinator and assistant administrator at Falcon Ridge Middle School. He's worked as an administrator at Dakota Hills since 2011.

"Leaving the elementary classroom was probably the toughest decision I had to make, career-wise, it was very, very difficult to leave," said Davis.

When Davis begins at Shannon Park, he'll be the first new administrator at the elementary school in 17 years.

"(Michael Guthrie) really is an icon at Shannon Park — I've got such big shoes to fill," said Davis. "What I have in common with him is that we care so much about kids, and we're involved in having a culture and a climate that's inclusive and positive."

Davis has also served as an assistant hockey coach for the Rosemount, Eagan and Eastview high school hockey teams, and currently volunteers as a youth hockey coach and youth baseball coach. Davis also volunteers with the board of the Rosemount Area Athletic Association.

"I know so many families and have so many connections with kids, it feels good to be able to put all that together as a principal," said Davis.

Davis has a bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of Minnesota-Duluth, a master's degree in teaching and learning from St. Mary's University, and a specialist degree in educational leadership from Minnesota State University-Mankato.