By Oakland Post
LaSandra White is now the permanent principal of Archie Williams High School in San Anselmo, after being the interim principal since August 2021, according to the Tamalpais Union High School District. Her position went into effect on February 2.
White has been in the field of education for 25 years as a teacher, school counselor, and 18 years as the assistant principal of Redwood High School. She brings a wealth of experience to her new role as principal, including oversight of counseling/wellness, student activities, athletics, facilities, student support services, attendance and discipline.
“After spending 25 years in this great district, I am ready to move into the role of principal, and I am excited and honored to be the Archie Williams High School principal,” White said. “The community – staff, students and parents – have been incredibly welcoming and supportive since I started in August, and I look forward to continuing the work of getting to know and building strong relationships with everyone in the Archie Williams community.
“I also look forward to continuing the great work around equity, restorative practices and providing an inclusive, supportive and safe environment so that all students can thrive academically and social-emotionally,” she said.
White started her career in education as an academic support teacher at Redwood in 1996. The following year, she transitioned to the role of school counselor, supporting the academic and social-emotional growth of students.
In 2002, White made the move to administrator, taking on the role of assistant principal, where she excelled, building strong relationships with students, parents, colleagues and community members.
White holds two Master of Arts degrees – one in Counseling from the University of San Diego, and the other in Educational Administration from San Francisco State University.
White earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley.
LaSandra grew up in Marin City, graduated from The Branson School, and has strong roots in the community.
“I am thrilled that LaSandra will continue her great work in the District, this time as permanent Principal of Archie Williams High School,” said Tara Taupier, superintendent of the Tamalpais Union High School District. Further, Taupier stated, “LaSandra is an exceptional leader and exceptional person. Her energy, focus on equity and capacity to build relationships and community is a perfect match for the Archie Williams community. She fits, exactly, the type of leader the students and community stated they wanted and she’s more than ready for the challenge.”
The recommendation was approved by the Board of Trustees on Tuesday, February 1, during the regularly scheduled meeting.
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