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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

SMHS Getting New Principal

LaCresha Williams will be the new principal at South Mountain High School, Dr. Quintin

Boyce will take over Bioscience High School, and Alvin Watson will move to Bostrom

High School for the 2013-14 school year. The personnel moves, approved by the Phoenix

Union Governing Board at the May meeting, will take effect July 1.

Williams will move from small school Bostrom to South Mountain, while Watson leaves

South after eight years for Bostrom. Boyce, an interim co-principal last year at Bioscience,

takes over the principal position, as Dr. DeeDee Falls becomes the school’s professional

development specialist. Falls had been principal at Bioscience since 2008.

Williams was Bostrom’s principal for the past two years. She has been an administrator

in the District since 2007, working at Camelback, North, and Trevor Browne. Williams began

her career in 2003 at Phoenix Union as a government and economics teacher at Maryvale

and taught for four years at Bostrom. She earned both her Bachelor’s in Secondary Education

and Master of Education Administration and Supervision at ASU.

“My goals are to collaboratively assess, diagnose and intervene in academic areas as well

as social areas in order to maximize student learning in a safe and positive way,” Williams

said. “I would like to help all stakeholders of the South Mountain High School community

create the environment most conducive to exemplification of excellence in college, career,

and life which is necessary to compete in a global arena. My focus is on supporting teachers

thereby supporting students, which in turn supports the community, impacting our world

directly.”

Boyce, who shared principal duties with Falls this past year, becomes the fulltime principal

for the acclaimed small school specializing in math and science. Next year will be Boyce’s

fifth year at the school and his 12th in public education. He taught Biology at the school for

three years at both Bioscience and South Mountain. He began his teaching career in Atlanta,

Georgia. Boyce has also been an adjunct faculty member at South Mountain Community College

for the last five years teaching Biology. Born and raised in Chicago, Boyce earned his

B.S. in biology, Masters in Secondary Education with a focus on science, and his Doctorate in

Educational Leadership and Supervision from ASU.

“Moving into next year my goal remains to help Bioscience realize our newly crafted “mision”

(mission and vision) statement and also continue the steps necessary for Bioscience

to become a professional development hub and demonstration school for our district, state,

nation, and world. We will also continue to be actively engaged in our greater community

and provide unique learning opportunities tailored to student interest and community needs,”

Boyce said.

Watson will become Bostrom’s new principal, July 1. Watson has been South Mountain’s

principal since 2005. He has been a Phoenix Union District administrator for 13 years, including

assistant principal stints at Camelback for three years, and Central High for two years.

Prior to coming to Phoenix, Watson was an assistant principal in Tucson at Sahuaro, Catalina

and Cholla High Schools. He also taught at the elementary, junior high and high school levels

for 20 years. He earned his B.A. from Grambling State University and his Masters from

Drake University.

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