School Board Approves New Administrators
The Okaloosa County School Board approved the following new Administrators at the January 13th School Board Meeting: Jon Williams as the Assistant Principal at Okaloosa Technical College/CHOICE and Allyson LaVictoire as the Assistant Principal at Laurel Hill School; and recognized Judy Peacock as Specialist, Exceptional Student Education.
Jon Williams – Assistant Principal at Okaloosa Technical School/CHOICE
Jon Williams is a proud product of Okaloosa Schools, having attended Kenwood, Pryor, and graduating from Ft. Walton Beach High School. Education runs in the family, as he is the son of two retired Okaloosa teachers, Chip and Cathy Williams and his wife Amanda has also taught over 10 years. He began his career in our county as a Classroom Reading Recovery Assistant and Lunch Room Monitor (Kenwood). After completing his Master’s degree, he became a School Counselor (Pryor), was the Dean of Students (Pryor), and then Assistant Principal (Pryor). He served as Principal of Shalimar Elementary School for three years and Silver Sands School for three years respectively. He more recently served as Assistant Principal of the AWESOME team at Destin Elementary.
Additionally, Williams has held several state positions for the Florida Association of School Administrators and serves as Vice President of our local organization for administrators, OCASA. He holds State of Florida certifications in Guidance K-12, Exceptional Student Education K-12, and Educational Leadership. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from (UWF), a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction (UWF), and a Specialist in Educational Leadership and Policy (FSU). He lives in Mary Esther with his wife of 14 years Amanda and their two children, Ben (9) and Ally (5).
Allyson LaVictoire – Assistant Principal at Laurel Hill School
Allyson LaVictoire is a product of the Okaloosa County School District. She attended Northwood Elementary, Walker Elementary, Richbourg Middle School, and Crestview High School. She graduated from Northwest Florida State College in the first class of students graduating with a degree in Elementary Education. After 9 years serving students and teachers as a professional educator, she received a Master’s Degree in Education Leadership from the University of West Florida.
LaVictoire taught 1st and 3rd grades at Northwood Elementary School for 7 years. During those years of teaching students to love literacy, she learned that she had a growing passion for professional development and leading teachers to be the best literacy instructors that they can be. Allyson then followed her dream and became an English Language Arts (ELA) Instructional Coach for Okaloosa County. She has coached teachers of all grade levels at Laurel Hill School, Antioch Elementary, Riverside Elementary, Plew Elementary, and Southside Primary.
Allyson married her husband Benjamin of 9 years in 2010. Benjamin is a 9th grade ELA teacher at Choctaw High School. Together, they have two children: Jameson, 6 and Harper, 5. Jameson will be attending Laurel Hill School with mom as a Kindergartener, and Harper is in VPK at Northwood Elementary. She is thrilled and eager to embark on a new educational adventure as Assistant Principal at Laurel Hill School.
Judy Peacock - Specialist, Exceptional Student Education (ESE)
Judy Peacock has been in Okaloosa County School District for the past 2 ½ years as the Assistive Technology Specialist serving all of the schools in the district. Prior to joining Okaloosa County, she served as the Region 1 Technology Coordinator for the Technology and Learning Connections team, part of the PS/RtI Project in Florida. Judy worked closely with district administration to identify and support needs ranging from technical assistance in the areas of assistive technology, accessible educational materials (AEM), multi-tiered system of support for all students, and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to providing professional development and implementation support in these areas. She has presented on these topics at conferences across the country.
Peacock received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, her Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology and Design, and her Specialist’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of West Florida. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction (ABD) from the University of West Florida.
Judy began her career teaching 5th grade in Escambia County, FL. While earning her Gifted Endorsement, she taught gifted and talented students in a resource model for K-5th grade. She then transitioned to the position of Instructional Technology Specialist for the Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System (FDLRS) for 7 years where she served Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa County School Districts.
Grateful for the opportunity to move into this new position, she is looking forward to working closely with ESE and district staff in a continued effort to support the needs of all students.