Meet The Principal
The Fruits of Her Labor would be choice words for describing Stephanie Davis-Keeton’s lifestyle. Her dedication to community has linked her from Congressional Representatives to the local church. Stephanie exudes a strong passion for success whether career or civic involvement, which explains why one of her favorite quotes to live by is, “The most important thing a woman can do is ask herself what she really wants and then go for it! Despite the risks, the gains are worth the costs. Along with personal and political power come confidence, optimism, a sense of community and self-worth, the feeling of living lovingly, honestly, and well. When you add your voice to others, we begin collectively to answer the question what women want, we become stronger and more determined to get it.” – Patricia Ireland
Mrs. Davis-Keeton credits her, It Takes a Village mentality to her parents and grandparents. While growing up in Mississippi, it was common to assist elderly neighbors and volunteer within the church. During her 22 years of military service with the United States Navy, Stephanie’s passion continued. She received three awards for civic duty (Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal) and numerous certificates. Not only that, on two separate occasions, she was the recipient of two awards from Pensacola’s own Navy Civic League.
Mrs. Davis-Keeton thrives on making a difference. She has served in many capacities with multiple organizations: Northwest Florida Hospice; Twin City-St. Paul, MN Hospice, Ventura, CA Hospice, and Sun City, FL Hospice; Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA); Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund; Escambia Aids Services (E.A.S.E.); Boys & Girls Club, Tampa Bay; Toys for Tots; Military Academy Nominating Committee – Kathy Castor, 11th Congressional District, FL; Military and Veteran Affairs – Congressman C.W. “Bill” Young, 10th District, FL; Pinellas County FL Homeless Coalition; Angel Food Ministry; Booker T. Washington – Project Graduation 2010 Fund Raising Chair; PTA Secretary for Booker T. Washington for three years, and School Advisory Council; Susan G. Komen Fund Raising; Youth Advisor and mentor, along with many volunteer positions in the church. Stephanie began volunteering with Relay for Life on the fundraising committee and chaired Pensacola’s Relay for Life in 2013 – 2014. Speaking engagements include: James A. Haley, Veteran Hospital, Tampa, FL- Women’s History Program Keynote Speaker; Guest Panelist for Veterans Speak Out at University of West Florida; Guest Speaker for LCPL Jonathan Gadsden Memorial Park Dedication, Jamestown, SC; Guest Speaker for University of South Florida/Gulfcoast North Area Health Education Centers (GNAHEC), and speaking and curriculum development for Florida’s Tobacco Training and Cessation Program.
A proud wife and mother of three daughters, they are avid supporters and members of Gateway Church of Christ. They have served as a family in the Homeless Ministry, Rolling Clothes Closet, Sunday Bold Bible School Teachers, Wednesday Night Bible Study Teachers, Vacation Bible School Teacher, and other church-related missional activities.
Mrs. Davis-Keeton is currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Technology and Innovation Management through Northcentral University, completed courses in Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Information Systems Security (DISS), Nova Southeastern University's College
of Engineering and Computing. She holds dual Masters of Science degrees in Management from Troy University (Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness and Health Care Management); a Bachelor in Business Administration from Northwood University; AA from Northwood University
in Business Management; an AS from Florida State College at Jacksonville in Computer Science; National Institute of Child Care Management (N.I.C.C.M. ) National Administrator's Credential Certification, N.I.C.C.M. CDA, National Credentialing Program CDA, and several Information Technology (IT) Certifications through Cisco & Microsoft.
Mrs. Davis-Keeton received her Master Training Specialist certification through the Navy and served as a Recruit Division Commander (RDC) at
Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, IL. After retiring from 22 years of active duty in August 2007, she has worked for: University of South Florida’s, Florida Tobacco Cessation Campaign; Naval Hospital Pensacola’s Essentris Electronic Health Records Training Specialist, where she developed training material for the Department of Defense; Lead Supervisor and Technical Instructor at Center for Information Dominance, Corry Station, Information Technology of the Future (ITOF), A & C Schools. As a participant in the Hometown Heroes Teach program, she taught at Montclair Elementary and Ferry Pass Middle schools.
Mrs. Davis-Keeton’s Favorite Bible Quote in working with children: "But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus." 2 Timothy 3:14-15.