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Tracy L. Williams
W.G. Mallett School
Mt. Blue Regional School District (RSU 9)
Farmington, Maine

Tracy Williams has been principal at W.G. Mallett School—a Pre-K through second grade school in rural Maine—for ten years. During that time, she has facilitated a renovation, implemented numerous successful programs, and strengthened relationships with the entire school community. In 2011, Williams oversaw the demolition and "Community Farewell" of the old Mallett School (at that time, the oldest building in the district) as well as the construction of the new building. She also introduced a number of programs designed to improve academics and behavior. The PBIS program, Response to Intervention initiative, and weekly, grade-level PLC meetings have all been incorporated because of Williams's research. By hosting events like "coffee houses" for staff and a "Literacy for Young Learners" conference for parents, she is able to build valuable relationships—in fact, Mallett has the highest rate of parent volunteerism in the district. With her energetic and positive attitude, Williams is "extraordinarily upbeat in a profession that is undergoing a tremendous amount of pressure to change," says Assistant Superintendent Leanne Condon. Prior to becoming principal of Mallett, Williams was a speech therapist, a classroom teacher, and a Reading Recovery teacher and trainer. She has presented at multiple state and national conferences including the Maine Principals Association and National Reading Recovery. She holds a B.S., an M.A, and a Certificate of Advanced Study from the University of Maine.