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posted May 31, 2017, 10:18 AM by Kristin Hernandez   [ updated May 31, 2017, 10:20 AM ]
Ryan Williams in his office at High Desert Premier Academy.
On May 18, the AVUSD Board of Trustees named Ryan Williams principal of High Desert Premier Academy effective immediately. Williams has worked as a teacher at HDPA since 2009 and is excited to build upon the school’s academic programs, independent study options, extracurricular activities, and overall campus climate. 

“We’re just pumped up for the new year,” Williams said. “It’s neat to see the staff excited. The staff really wants to take all of the things we talked about in our WASC accreditation process and put them into action. And that’s what’s going to reach our kids. They need involvement and real world application…once we show them that, they really buy in and get excited and it effects how they live the rest of their lives.”

Along with his dedicated team of teachers, Williams hopes to strengthen the school’s current academic offerings and push the Victor Valley College Bridge program, which allows high school students to receive dual credit for college courses. The team also plans to bring ASB to the middle grades, add additional after-school enrichment activities, and give students access to more “real world” experiences such as field trips to local industry and job skill training. 

Williams also hopes to continue the tradition of parent connection on campus and encouraged families to get involved. “Our parent group has been extremely active and we want to expand so parents who work during the day can also be involved,” Williams said. “We’re going to have some of those parent meetings in the evening so parents can come in a relaxed setting and have access to the principal and be able to discuss not only their kids’ issues, but the whole school environment.”

“My motto is ‘find the motivator, save the student’ and that’s what it’s all about,” he added. “We’re about finding what motivates the kids and meeting the kids there to get them tied into their academics.”

Williams first came to AVUSD in 1992 as a teacher at Apple Valley Middle School. During his 25 years of experience with AVUSD, Williams has taught students in nearly every grade between kindergarten and 12th grade. In addition to his teaching experience, Williams also worked as an assistant principal at Vista Campana Middle School. Prior to his career in education, Williams served in the United States Air Force for 11 years. He received his associate’s degree at Victor Valley College and his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at California State University San Bernardino. He has four grown sons who each graduated from AVUSD schools.