SMHS Getting New Principal
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
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,”
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