A new principal has been appointed at Raymond S. Kellis High School.
The Peoria Unified School District welcomes Tony Vining to take on this role, effective July 1, 2021. He replaced long-time principal Jeff Wooten who retired June 30.
Vining re-joins Peoria Unified from his current appointment where he served as principal at Cactus Shadows High School in the Cave Creek Unified School District. Mr. Vining previously held the role of assistant principal at two Peoria Unified high schools – Raymond S. Kellis and Cactus, and served in additional roles including teacher and athletic coach during his 22-year career in the Peoria Unified School District.
Vining is also a proud product of Peoria Unified, previously graduating from Cactus High School. He holds a master’s degree in education and a Bachelor of Science degree in Education, both from Northern Arizona University.
Although located in Glendale, Raymond S. Kellis High School is part of the Peoria Unified School District.
The school received its name after a former Peoria Unified superintendent, Raymond S. Kellis, who was well-known and well-respected in the district. The award-winning high school has a culture of high achievement, a strong sense of community, and programs like Best Buddies and Unified Sports, according to a news release.
Additionally, Carter Davidson will take on the role as the district’s Chief Student Services Officer. In this role, Davidson will oversee all elementary and high schools providing additional support to students, teachers and school leaders. Davidson is an advocate of student learning and positive displays of character by all. He promotes quality practices and procedures that lead to achievement for all learners and success for all employees and looks forward to his new role with Peoria Unified.
Davidson is finishing his fifth year as Chief Personnel Officer for the Peoria Unified School District.
In his previous 19 years of service to the Alhambra Elementary School District, Davidson served in various roles that included: K-3 Special Education teacher, Intervention Specialist, Principal of Barcelona Middle School, Director of Student Services, and Director of Human Resource Support Services. Davidson earned his bachelor’s degree from Grand Canyon University and his master’s and doctorate degrees from Arizona State University.