by LIZ ONUFER | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography

Family Roots


The Davis family’s connections to Poway stretch back to when the community truly was country. Todd Davis grew up in Poway after his grandmother settled there in 1975. Today, Todd and Miranda and their two children, Lila, 7, and Colton, 5, continue the family tradition as active community and church members.

family_davis3The couple moved into Todd’s childhood home in the Old Poway community four years ago to help take care of Todd’s grandmother, Ethie. The Davis family reputation runs deep in the community. “To this day, we run into people who know Ethie and talk about how she and her husband, Hugh, touched their heart,” Miranda shared. “This began Todd’s passion for his community and the reason why Todd wanted to raise his family in the town he is so fond of.”

The Davis family home is the perfect spot for their lifestyle. “My kids and I get to walk to school every day. Midland is where I teach and my kids attend school,” Miranda shared. As second generation Poway natives, Lila and Colton are attending the same schools that Todd attended. “We go to Cornerstone Church, which is also walking distance from our house, and we love riding our bikes around town and walking to the farmers market.”


Parents: Todd Davis and Miranda Davis
Children: Lila (7) and Colton (5)
Grandmother: Ethie Davis
Communtiy: Old Poway near Midland Elementary for 4 years
Hometowns: Todd – Poway; Miranda – Waltonville, IL
Occupations: Todd – PE teacher at BHMS; Miranda – third grade teacher at Midland
Pets: Lucy – golden retriever; Blue – ragdoll cat
Favorite Places to Visit in 92064: Old Poway Park, farmers market, Poway Lake, Aubrey Park, Mainstream Bar & Grill, Cellar 3, Poway Bowl, movie theater, the now-closed Domenics :(, and the famous El Ranchito

Both Miranda and Todd are teachers. Miranda is a third grade teacher at Midland Elementary School, and Todd teaches PE at Bernardo Heights Middle School. On the weekends, the family can be found at Lila’s softball games, where Todd is a coach, or cheering on Colton’s flag football team. They also love camping in their motorhome at the beach.

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Integral in their family life is Cornerstone Church. Todd and Miranda run the Awana program, an outreach and leadership program at the church. “Awana has provided us the opportunities to reach kids in the community and create special bonds to help kids through challenging times,” Miranda acknowledged.


The life the Davis family has built today is not what people might have expected of Todd and Miranda, who both come from troubled families. “Statistically, we should have followed in our parents’ path and led a troubled life as well,” she said. “However, with the help of God, we were both able to escape that difficult life and change the course of our future. We vowed to build a happy life filled with love and positive experiences for both our kids and ourselves.”