Professional Learning & Quality Staffing

Dr. Patti Brown, Director of Professional Learning & Quality Staffing

Patti received a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership & Policy from the University of Utah and a M.S. in Family & Human Development from Utah State University. Dr. Brown began her educational career as a Family & Consumer Science Teacher at Northridge High School in Davis School District. She has served as a CTE coordinator and elementary school principal where she received the Rookie of the Year award from the Utah Association of Elementary School Principals. She served as director of Curriculum & Instruction and headed up the creation and implementation of Davis District’s Evaluate Davis employee evaluation system. She has taught graduate level education courses at Weber State University and the University of Utah; she is presently an adjunct professor at Southern Utah University. As director of Professional Learning & Quality Staffing, she oversees professional development, new teacher mentoring programs, evaluation, and teacher recruitment.

Suzanne Cottrell
Evaluate Davis (employee evaluation)
Classified Employee Professional Learning

Suzanne is a veteran educator with an M.Ed in school counseling and an administrative endorsement. She began her career teaching English and history at Clearfield High School in Davis School District. She was named to the district’s Hall of Fame in 2000 and was awarded Board Honors in 2012 for her work as coordinator of the district’s centennial celebration. She has extensive experience serving as an external reviewer for AdvancEd (school systems accreditation), has worked as a district mentor, staff development coordinator, and assessment supervisor. Her current areas of responsibility include professional learning for all classified personnel, Evaluate Davis (employee evaluation system), district accreditation, and teacher recruitment.

 Jenette Jenkins
Secondary Mentoring
Student Teaching


Jenette’s passion has shifted from literary analysis to teacher induction. Instead of teaching English, she now supports new educators—supervising our secondary mentoring program and coordinating student teaching for the district. She has been an educator for 29 years, teaching English and journalism, and she received a Davis CARE Award in 2016. She earned a B.A. from BYU and an M.Ed. from the University of Utah.

Kate Williams
Secondary Mentoring
Quality Staffing

Kate is a former science teacher and currently the Junior High Mentor Teacher. She graduated from BYU with a degree in Biology Education. She has had the opportunity to teach in Washington, D.C.; Houston, Texas; and in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with Teach for America. She received a service award from Kenilworth Middle school and was selected as a Utah Star Presenter by the Middle Level Association. Last year she was the district mentor for new science teachers and has a real passion for teacher development.

Allison Riddle
Elementary Mentoring
APT Licensing
Allison has been an elementary educator for 29 years. She has taught 3rd and 5th grade and is now supervising Elementary Mentoring in Davis. Allison is the 2014 Utah Teacher of the Year and Davis District’s 2014 Teacher of the Year. Allison is a recipient of the 2013 Davis CARE Award and the 2015 Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence. Allison is passionate about teacher leadership and shares her voice speaking to educators in Utah, consulting with schools across the country, and writing for Education Week’s Teacher Leader Voices blog team. Allison will receive her MEd from Weber State University this spring after completing her research on mentoring and teacher leadership.

Daron Kennett
Professional Learning
Quality Staffing

Daron received a M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction from Weber State University. He has been a professional educator for 18 years, teaching English Language Arts, Reading, and ESL and serving as Davis’s Secondary ELA Supervisor. Daron spent four years at the USBE as the state ELA Assessment Specialist and is currently the district’s Professional Learning Supervisor. He is the author of The Game Plan: A Multi-Year Blueprint to Create a School Culture of Literacy and Data Analysis and in 2013 received UCTE’s Special Recognition Award.

Christopher Hall
Professional Learning & Quality Staffing

Chris is a former Social Studies teacher received a B.S in geography from Weber State University. He has wide experience in teacher training, having worked as a consultant for the College Board since 2001.  He was recognized as Secondary Teacher of the Year by Davis School District in 2006 and received the national Distinguished Geography Teacher in Secondary Education by the National Council of Geographic Education in 2007.  His passion is the promotion of effective instruction for all students.

Elizabeth Alldridge
Secretary, Professional Learning & Quality Staffing

Elizabeth has been with Davis School District for 21 years. She has served as a Secretary/Data Technician in several departments including Curriculum, the Education Technology Center, Staff Development and is currently serving in Professional Learning & Quality Staffing. Recognized as Classified Employee of the Year in  2001, Elizabeth’s wide range of experiences in Davis District make her a go-to person for any question; if she can’t answer your question, she’ll know who can.

Dana Palmer
Secretary, Professional Learning & Quality Staffing
Dana is a secretary and has worked for Davis District for 14 years. She received an Associates degree in Secretarial Science from Weber State University. In addition to other secretarial duties, much of her time is spent preparing for teacher and administrator trainings. Her latest adventure is supporting teacher recruitment efforts and discovering ways to attract future teachers to Davis. She has seen firsthand the great influence teachers have on their students and is a champion for all things Davis.