FOUNDER – DR. ANTHONY J. OLIVER
A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Anthony began his career in education as a high-school mathematics teacher and coach in the Tarrant and Vestavia Hills school systems.
In addition to his work as a teacher, Anthony has also been an assistant principal in Jefferson County Schools and principal in Birmingham City Schools. Before becoming a school leader, he served as the founding Executive Director at Breakthrough Birmingham, an education non-profit dedicated to providing high quality academic programming to underserved students and preparing the next generation of teachers. In the fall of 2019, Anthony was selected as an Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) Emerging Leader.
ELEMENTARY PRINCIPAL – MEREDITH DAVIS
“Each day is a new opportunity to change the life of a student. Each day is a new opportunity to help a teacher grow. Each day is a new opportunity to make Empower Community School the best place to educate your children.”
Mrs. Meredith Davis is a native of Bessemer, AL. She is married to Attorney Peter Davis and the mother of three adult daughters, Ashley, Dania, and Brea. She is a 1989 graduate of McAdory High School. After graduating from high school, Mrs. Davis wasn’t sure what path in life she wanted to take, so she joined the U. S. Navy where she served our country proudly for 8 years. After being Honorably Discharged from the U.S. Navy, she started her journey to becoming an educator. Mrs. Davis is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Indiana State University. She is currently pursuing her Ed.D from Liberty University in Virginia. She is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
Her education career has been broad and has enabled her to grow into a well-rounded educator. She has experience in education as a Secondary English teacher; Library Media Specialist; Dean of Students; Special Education Coordinator; Ninth Grade Academy Academic Director, and Assistant Principal prior to becoming a Principal in 2016. Ms. Davis has been able to share her love of educating young people in South Carolina; Illinois; Washington, DC; Tennessee; and finally back home to Alabama. Mrs. Davis’ gift to educate children offered her the opportunity to work with students in grades K-12 in both public and charter schools.
She believes that educating children is a partnership between the school, the parents, the students, and the community. Educating our young people must become a community effort. Her voice can always be heard informing others that we are all in this together to help our young people succeed. Mrs. Davis knows that a pivotal part of educating young people is the ability to build relationships with all stakeholders. She thoroughly enjoys watching the power of relationships change behaviors in students. Mrs. Davis is known for having caring, candid conversations with parents about their role in educating their children, ensuring that their children are in school on time and prepared to learn. She has no problem with visiting a student’s home when her students or parents aren’t responsive to phone calls or parent meetings. She leads and educates from her heart by fulfilling her God-given purpose every day that she has the power to improve the education of a child. Mrs. Davis’ drive for excellence can be seen and heard.