Montgomery Public School Board has named new principals to two new schools on Tuesday.
MPS Superintendent Margaret Allen said the new principals bring a fresh approach to school leadership. Michelle H. Harris has been named as principal of Dalraida Elementary and Dr. Antonio Williams as principal of Sidney Lanier high School.
Harris is no stranger to Dalraida Elementary, having served as assistant principal at the school for 18 of the 27 years she has been employed with MPS. Her background also includes positions as an assistant principal at Chisholm and Head elementary schools and classroom teacher at Dannelly Elementary. She holds a bachelor's in business administration and a bachelor's in education from Auburn Montgomery, a master's in education from Troy University Montgomery, and a master's in principal certification from AUM.
Williams, an alumnus and former teacher at Lanier High, currently serves as principal of Hayneville Middle School in Hayneville. He has been an educator for nearly 10 years and has held positions as classroom teacher, academic administrative assistant for federal programs, and instructional assistant. He holds a bachelor's in secondary history education from the University of Montevallo, a master's in educational leadership/administration from Alabama State University, and recently completed the doctoral program in educational leadership, policy and law at ASU.
"The classroom teacher may be the most visible person in a student's life at school, but it is the principal who is responsible for providing the academic direction, fostering a good school climate, and ensuring that each child receives a high-quality education," said Allen. "These principals are experienced instructional leaders who possess the right mix of creativity, management, problem-solving and people skills to foster positive relationships with staff, students, parents and the community," she said. "They know what works for our students and they aren't afraid of trying new things. Most importantly, their leadership styles encourage collaboration and fresh ideas. I'm very pleased by their selection and I know they will do well."
SOURCE: Montgomery Public Schools
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