School Board Approves New Administrators
The Okaloosa County School Board approved the following new administrators at the May 10, 2021, School Board Meeting: Allyson LaVictoire - Assistant Principal, Crestview High School, Laura King - Assistant Principal, Davidson Middle School, Tracey Lamb - Director, Curriculum; and Kathy Ard - Exceptional Student Education (ESE) and Student Services Director.
Allyson LaVictoire – 12 Month Assistant Principal, Crestview High School
Allyson LaVictoire is a native resident of Crestview and 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 with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and later received a master’s degree in Education Leadership from the University of West Florida.
In the classroom, LaVictoire taught 1st and 3rd grades at Northwood Elementary School for 6 and a half years. During those years of teaching students to love literacy, she learned that she had a growing passion for professional development and thus pursued the position of ELA Instructional Coach for Okaloosa County. During her time in the coaching cadre, she coached teachers of Kindergarten all the way through 12th grades at many schools in Okaloosa County.
During the 2019-2020 school year, LaVictoire became the assistant principal at Laurel Hill School and since her appointment, has enjoyed working with and empowering teachers, students, and parents in the Laurel Hill community. She credits so much of her success and enjoyment as an administrator to the dedicated Hobo faculty and staff, and the support she received from them when she came aboard.
LaVictoire is thrilled and eager to get back to her alma mater, Crestview High School, where she and most of her family members graduated. As they say, ‘Once a Bulldog, always a Bulldog!’ She is committed to upholding the high standards for learning that Crestview currently implements and hopes to be able to inspire teachers, students, and families to continue to reach for higher goals.
LaVictoire married her husband Benjamin of 11 years in 2010. Benjamin is an ELA teacher in Okaloosa County. Together, they have two children: Jameson - 7 and Harper - 6.
Laura King – 12 Month Assistant Principal, Davidson Middle School
Laura King is originally from Jacksonville, North Carolina. She graduated from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a Bachelor's in Elementary Education in 2001 and began her teaching career in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. She then moved to Goldsboro, North Carolina, and spent the next three years teaching second and third grade.
King moved to Okaloosa County in 2005 and was fortunate to teach at Oak Hill Elementary School, Valparaiso Elementary School, and Riverside Elementary School. Always looking to grow, while still teaching at Riverside Elementary School she earned her Master’s in Educational Leadership from the University of West Florida in 2014. She has also earned her Specialist degree in Curriculum and Instruction in 2016 and is currently pursuing her doctorate. Moving closer to her goal of administration, she decided to apply for the Assistant Principal position at Plew Elementary School where she has spent the past two years working and training under her mentor, Tammy Matz.
King is very excited to transition from a Plew Panther to a Davidson Panther and has already felt very welcomed by the Davidson Middle School faculty and staff. She is honored and feels very fortunate to be able to continue to grow as an educational leader under the guidance of Holly Tew. She is appreciative of the continued support from family, friends, and her Plew family as she pursues the goal of furthering her leadership expertise. King feels honored to be recommended as the Assistant Principal of Davidson Middle School. She is very excited for the opportunity to continue to grow, learn, and develop herself as a leader in Okaloosa County. The opportunity to see how the foundation of curriculum progresses from elementary school into middle school is a challenge she cannot wait to dive into.
King is married to Samuel King Jr and they are about to celebrate their 17th anniversary. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her cats Tabbie and Tortie, building Legos, and reading.
Tracey Lamb – Director 1, Curriculum
After earning her bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary, Tracey Lamb began her career as a high school science teacher in York County, Virginia. In 2000, she accepted a position at Richbourg Middle School, where she taught science, worked with at-risk students, and piloted the SSTRIDE program. After teaching for ten years, she earned her master’s degree in Counseling and Psychology from Troy University.
Over the next ten years, Lamb served as the school counselor for Baker School, Shoal River Middle School, and Riverside Elementary School. During this time, she served on the district’s Manual Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) Committee where she was a leader in creating the MTSS model for Okaloosa County. As a result of the successful model, Lamb presented a seminar on MTSS to the Florida Association of School Administrators.
In addition to the MTSS Committee, she has served on the district’s Pupil Progression Committee as both a school counselor and administrator. In 2015, after earning her master’s degree from the University of Texas at Arlington in Educational Leadership, Lamb joined Meigs Middle School, first as an assistant principal, and then as Principal. During her time as a Wildcat, she worked with her faculty to implement a positive behavior intervention and support program which has proven to have a great impact on the student culture at Meigs. As principal, Lamb has also worked closely with her ESE faculty members to design a successful educational model for students with behavioral and emotional disabilities and students on the Autism spectrum. In order to better serve her students and teachers, she earned an endorsement in Exceptional Student Education.
Lamb lives in Niceville with her 9th grade daughter Madison.
Kathy Ard – ESE and Student Services Director
Kathy Gates Ard is a product of Okaloosa County Schools. Ard is a proud graduate of the University of West Florida, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education, Master’s Degree in Exceptional Student Education in the area of Specific Learning Disabilities, and an Educational Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She also has a specialized reading certificate from Georgia State University.
Ard has served the Okaloosa County School District for 27 years. During that time, she has taught elementary education, and worked as an ESE teacher in multiple elementary schools. Ard was selected to attend Georgia State University to become a Reading Recovery® Teacher Leader for Okaloosa County. After a year of living in Atlanta, she returned to the district to lead Reading Recovery, a specialized reading program for struggling students. Ard then became an Instructional Coach, working with elementary, middle, and high schools, while providing staff development to general education teachers, ESE teachers, and administrators. In 2014, Ard became the Assistant Principal at Elliott Point Elementary. Ard was named as Principal of Elliott Point Elementary in January 2016 and has served as Principal for 5 ½ years. While at Elliott Point, her focus was to build relationships with all stakeholders, and was committed to ensuring that all students learn to their maximum potential.
Ard has two children, Trevor, who just finished his sophomore year at Florida State University, and Kendall, who is in tenth grade at Fort Walton Beach High School.