I was born and raised in Erie, Pennsylvania where I attended Strong Vincent High School. After graduation, I attended Allegheny College for one year. When Allegheny began depleting their Education Program, I transferred to Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. In my time at Edinboro, I played football and met my wife Amy who was a two-sport athlete. Upon graduation, I began teaching in a nearby school district and coaching football at Edinboro. Florida was the right place for us so we relocated to Lakeland. Amy and I both taught at All Saints Academy before I moved onto Lake Gibson High School. At LGHS I was a classroom teacher, Dean of Students and Academic Dean. During my time at LG, I earned my Master Degree at the University of South Florida in Educational Leadership. Assistant Principal of Haines City International Baccalaureate was the next challenge for me. I spent nine years working to establish a program that would stand provide a world class education for its students. I am proud to say Haines City IB students are among the best in the world. During my time at Haines City, my wife and I have been lucky to have two wonderful children Mason and Madison. I wasn’t busy enough so I began working on my Doctorate at Florida Southern College. Currently, I am working on my dissertation to complete that degree.
I am very excited to be part of the Union Academy family. The rich tradition and history speaks to me as an educator and an old social studies teacher. I accept the challenge of leading a school that has been a consistent shining example of what Polk County produces. As Max Thompson once said, “It is ok for you to be where you are, it is not ok for you to stay there.” We must progress as a school; my goal for Union Academy is to be the shining star in Florida. I look forward to working with our students, parents, staff, community and business partners to advance our school and provide the best for our kids.
Dr. Alonzo Williams
Dr. Alonzo Williams Jr. has 34 years of educational experience. During his educational career, he has served in various capacities ranging from the classroom (Elementary and Middle) to Dean of Students. Dr. Williams has served as an Assistant Principal of Administration for three years before his arrival at Union Academy Magnet School. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education and a Master of Education in elementary education from Florida A. & M. University. He has earned an Educational Specialist in Gifted Education from Nova Southeastern University and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Leadership from Walden University.
Dr. Williams’ goal is to provide instructional leadership that will develop the intellectual, social and emotional potential of each student.