SERVANTS’ HEARTS significantly impact the community of Manchester, and Carolyn Davidson is just one of many citizens who became a shining light to those around her. Davidson’s humility and passion for spreading joy are contagious and spread like wildfire throughout her job, community, and home.
Carolyn Davidson has been the executive administrative assistant to the director of schools and school board secretary of Manchester City Schools for several years. She hopes to continue to serve for many years to come.
She said, “I’m glad to say I’ve been in this same position for so long and never lost the love and joy for it.”
One of the many lessons Davidson learned was to “leave work life at work and home life at home” because life is about balance.
Carolyn was born and raised in Manchester and married her husband, Jerry, with whom she has two children, Cisley and Jere.
She is grateful to have raised her family in Manchester because it is a unique small-town community.
She has served on many boards in Manchester since she was young, and she and her husband are active in church activities.
“I’m a strong believer in lending a helping hand, and any way that I can, I will.”
Some of her best memories came from coaching and attending her kids’ sports activities with her husband and volunteering where she could.
Carolyn learned quite a few lessons along the way and credited God and her loving upbringing for such a valuable and happy life. One important lesson her upbringing taught her was to have joy. “Don’t let anyone take away your joy, no matter what. We have choices. It’s my choice to be happy. It’s my choice to be sad or angry. And I choose to have joy.”
Carolyn’s faith foundation and morals from childhood carried her through adulthood and have shaped who she is today.
God is the number one thing that strengthens her because her strong faith helps her tackle life’s challenges. A strong support system also makes her stronger.
Carolyn describes a role model as a true friend who is there for you no matter what. Role models see the potential in you and pull it out of you. They want you to succeed even more than you do. She has between five and 10 people whom she calls her role models. These are people who support her and on whom she can depend.
“They just want the best for you in any way possible.”
Her plans consist of working and serving the school board and community and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
“As long as I’m still healthy, competent, and efficient, I plan to be here.”
She believes staying active is the key to a long and happy life.
Carolyn Davidson lives by the motto: Live each day like it’s your last day. GN