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Lake Havasu High School has new assistant principal

Shannon Williams, Lake Havasu High School’s newest assistant principal has hit the ground running.
Shannon Williams, Lake Havasu High School’s newest assistant principal has hit the ground running.

Lake Havasu High School’s new assistant principal needs no introduction.

In her second week on the job, Shannon Williams realizes it takes a village to raise a child.

“Curriculum is one of my favorites, teaching lesson design. This is going to be one of the best things and something I will love about the job,” she said. “I want to go in and help teachers. I know what it’s like to be in the trenches and how hard the profession can be. My role will be to work with them and help them any way I can.”

Williams moved to Havasu in 1992, shortly before starting her tenure with the school district at Nautilus Elementary as a kindergarten teacher. It was a grade level that she loved.

“I did this for 11 years,” Williams said. “I loved it, kindergarten was amazing. The kids love you no matter what.”

As part of her resume, Williams has also taught education courses at Mohave Community College, held the position of principal at Calvary Christian Academy and for the past eight years taught fifth grade at Starline Elementary.

Now at the high school level, Williams knows that one aspect of the job is dealing with student discipline. Taking an empathetic approach to the challenges of discipline the first year high school assistant principal said she is interested in restorative justice.

Restorative justice emphasizes accountability, making amends, and — if they are interested — facilitated meetings between victims, offenders, parents and other staff.

“Kids misbehave for a reason,” she said. “They don’t want to be naughty just to be naughty. There is something else going on.”

Realizing that students today face many assaults on all sides including 24/7 social media influences which they find hard to unplug from, a time that they have never known a world not at war to an unsafe or unprotected family atmosphere, students Williams said, will often act out from a sense of frustration.

“Building relationships is key to restorative justice,” Williams added. “I don’t want to just bring kids in for detention. Let’s talk to the kids and teach them when actions are not appropriate.”

Punitive disciple should not always be the first option, but Williams knows there will be black and white times, often dealing with safety issues such as bullying, that it’s better to spare the rod and spoil the child.

Still, Williams feels that compassion will be the hallmark of her time at Lake Havasu High School.

“We have a chance every single day to make a difference in these kid’s lives,” she added. “Along with the academics we have to teach social skills and emotional skills that some of the kids may be lacking. This is huge. This is as important as everything else we do.”

 

by David Louis, Today's News-Herald
July 23, 2018


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