Tony Vining has returned to the Peoria Unified School District as the Raymond S. Kellis High School principal.
He replaced longtime principal Jeff Wooten, who retired June 30.
“It’s a nice homecoming,” he said. “I realized how much of a special place Raymond S. Kellis is. When the opportunity opened up, I couldn’t pass that up.”
Vining rejoined Peoria Unified from his current appointment where he serves as principal at Cactus Shadows High School in the Cave Creek Unified School District.
“It’s nice coming back to a school that I know a lot about,” he said. “I think the culture there is amazing and I want to build on that. I want to rebuild the relationships and diagnose where they are economically.”
Vining, who earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at NAU, was previously assistant principal at Raymond S. Kellis and Cactus high schools and served in additional roles including teacher and athletic coach during his 22-year career in the Peoria Unified School District.
“I’m also a product of the Peoria Unified School District,” Vining said. “I went to Pioneer and then Cactus High School. My dad was in education. He was a teacher as well in Peoria. That led to where I’m at today.
“I just have a passion for teaching. By teaching, I evolved into being an administrator. I thought I was going to be a teacher my whole life.”
Davidson to lead
Additionally, Dr. Carter Davidson has stepped into 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 ASU.