High school administrator Archie Williams named principal

LaSandra White has been named principal of Archie Williams High School in San Anselmo. (Provided by Tamalpais Union High School District)

LaSandra White, acting principal of Archie Williams High School in San Anselmo for the past six months, has been named to the role.

Tamalpais Union High School District trustees unanimously approved the nomination at their meeting on Tuesday.

“I am thrilled that LaSandra will continue her great work in the district, this time as the permanent principal of Archie Williams High School,” said Tara Taupier, district superintendent. “LaSandra is an exceptional leader and an exceptional person.”

White, a 50-year-old Novato resident, was vice-principal at Redwood High School in Larkspur for 18 years before taking over Archie Williams’ post in August. She has been an employee of Tam Union District for 25 years.

“I’m ready to take on the role of manager,” White said. “I am thrilled and honored to be the Principal of Archie Williams High School.”

White added that “the community – staff, students and parents – have been incredibly welcoming and supportive” since she started in the role.

“I look forward to continuing the work of learning and building strong relationships with everyone in the Archie Williams community,” she said.

“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.

In addition to administrative positions in the district, White served as a school counselor and academic shop teacher. She also oversaw student activities, sports, facilities, student support services, attendance, and discipline. She is a member of the district’s racial justice committee.

“His energy, his focus on fairness and his ability to build relationships and community is a perfect match for the Archie Williams community,” Taupier said. “She is exactly the kind of leader the students and community have said they want and she is more than up to the challenge.”

White grew up in Marin City and graduated from the Branson School in Ross. White holds a Master of Arts in Counseling from the University of San Diego and a Master of Arts in Educational Administration from San Francisco State University. His Bachelor of Arts in Sociology is from the University of California at Berkeley.

White’s starting annual salary as principal is $167,572, unchanged from the interim period, according to the district.

Martha K. Merrill