Jay Davidson taught in San Francisco public schools from 1969 to 2003. He began by teaching English in seventh, eighth, and ninth grades. He moved to elementary school in 1975 and taught there for the remainder of his career, in kindergarten, first, second, third, and fifth grades.

During his career, Jay enjoyed working with other adults as well as children. He was a mentor teacher for four years, working with new teachers in the school district. He was also a master teacher, training student teachers from San Francisco State University and the University of San Francisco.

Jay’s teaching included working with parents, helping them to understand the importance of their role in educating children. Parents are their children's first, most important, and most consistent teachers.

From 1998 - 2002, Jay wrote the Teacher Talk column in the Palo Alto Daily News. The column was aimed at parents of elementary school children, informing them of actions they could take in order to improve their children’s classroom performance.


Topics covered all the major curriculum areas: oral language, reading, writing, math, science, social studies, and creative arts, in addition to cooperating with others, responsibility, and parent-school relations.

Teacher Talk  appeared occasionally in the following publications: Charlotte Parent(NC), Growing Up in Santa Cruz (CA), Parenting Plus of the Palm Beaches & the Treasure Coast (FL), Parent Line (Southern MD), Piedmont Parent (NC), Valleykids (Geneva, IL), Morris County Family (NJ), Connecticut Parent Magazine, Metro Parent (Southfield, MI), Western New York Family, Washington Families (DC), North Florida Families, About Families (Berks County, PA), Maryland Family (Baltimore. MD). 


Teach Your Children Well: A Teacher's  Advice for Parents

Publication date: July, 2001 


99 Ways to Guide Your Child to Success in School

Use these tidbits to include family learning as part of family fun. Little ideas can make a big impact on your child's school success.


"It certainly contains excellent, clear, easy to understand steps any parent could follow."
Sarah. M. Greene, Chief Executive Director, National Head Start Association

99 Ways to Guide Your Little to Success in School 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Francisco and the Peninsula liked Jay's booklet so much that they asked him to do a version of it for them, to help the Big Brothers and Big Sisters mentor their Littles.

As a former Big Brother with this agency, Jay made his booklet available at no profit to himself. He will do the same for any other Big Brothers Big Sisters agency that wants it. All you need to do is ask. 

My First Writing Dictionary 

Beginning writers need lots of support for this crucial skill. This dictionary lists the 425 most commonly used words in English, with room for each user to add up to 576 additional words, making it a valuable personal resource. 

To contact Jay, write to him at teacher@jaydavidson.com