Dr. Carter Davidson, Tony Vining.

Dr. Carter Davidson, Tony Vining.

A new principal has been appointed at Raymond S. Kellis High School. 

Tony Vining started his job on July 1, replacing longtime principal Jeff Wooten, who retired on June 30. 

Vining rejoins Peoria Unified from his current appointment, where he serves as principal at Cactus Shadows High School in the Cave Creek Unified School District. 

Vining previously held the role as 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 product of Peoria Unified, previously graduating from Cactus High School. He earned a master’s degree in education and a Bachelor of Science degree in education, both from NAU.  

Although located in Glendale, Raymond S. Kellis High School is part of the Peoria Unified School District. The school received its name from a former Peoria Unified superintendent, Dr. 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 exceptional programs like Best Buddies and Unified Sports.  

Additionally, Dr. 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.  

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 resources support services. 

Davidson earned his bachelor’s degree from Grand Canyon University and his master’s and doctorate degrees from ASU.