Alachua County’s Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year!

By Julia Bauer
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The Eastside High School principal and a Gainesville High School assistant principal have been announced as the Alachua County Public Schools Principal and Assistant Principal of the year! They will represent the district at the statewide recognition programs.

Leroy Williams, the Eastside principal, and Mallory Becker, a GHS assistant principal, were chosen by their peers due to their resumes and answers to state-developed questions about student performance, supporting teachers and more, according to the ACPS news release. 

Eastside Principle Leroy Williams

Since 2004, Williams has worked for ACPS where he started as a Lincoln Middle School teacher, according to the news release. From there, he became a dean and then an assistant principal in 2016 before becoming principal in 2021. 

He aims to create an atmosphere that allows everyone – including teachers, students, staff and the community as a whole – to “work together to serve the ‘whole child,’ academically, socially and emotionally,” according to the news release. 

“Every day when I come to work, it doesn’t feel like work to me,” Williams said in the news release. “I feel like it’s another opportunity to have a positive impact or make a difference in a child’s life.”

GHS Assistant Principle Mallory Becker

For nearly the last 30 years, Becker has been an educator. She has been a teacher and administrator in California and Alachua County and has also worked with the University of Florida, according to the news release. She was a Lincoln Middle School assistant principal for four years and the principal of the ACPS online Alachua eSchool for one year, according to the news release. Becker has been a GHS assistant principal for six years.

She aims to “provide academic opportunities for students based on their strengths and interests,” and she “has worked to develop opportunities for all students to access advanced coursework,” according to the news release.

“My goal is to help develop well-rounded students who are equipped to be good citizens and academically prepared no matter what their plans are after high school,” Becker said in the news release.   

The finalists for Florida Principal of the Year and Assistant Principal of the Year are projected to be selected in January or February and the statewide winners in March or April. 

Photos courtesy of ACPS news release.

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