Mychael Willon

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Mychael Willon
Williamsburg, VA
Warhill High School PTSA, Williamsburg, Virginia

Personal and Professional Information

Mychael is a retired educator and an active-duty military spouse who is fortunate to be a stay-at-home father to two sons. He devotes his time to local-level, State, and National PTAs and serves many committees in diverse roles. Prior to retiring, Mychael served as Superintendent at Alternatives Unlimited, a private organization of alternative schools. Leading up to that role, he held varied positions in the New York City Department of Education, the largest public school system in the United States, including Local Instructional Superintendent (LIS), Network Leader, Director of the Principal Candidate Pool, and spent a year working with the New York City Leadership Academy. He began his professional career as an elementary school teacher in Charles County, Maryland, and proceeded to become an elementary teacher, and subsequently, a teacher of gifted and talented elementary students in Howard County, Maryland. His administrative career began in Frederick County, Maryland as an assistant principal. That experience led him to become a principal as well as various central office roles in Wichita, Kansas. He served as Assistant Superintendent in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and Superintendent of Schools for the Owego Apalachin Central School District in Owego, New York.

He received his B.S. and M.Ed. from the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland. He has held positions as adjunct professor at Baruch College in NYC, New York; Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas; and Kansas Newman University in Wichita, Kansas.

Mychael has a keen interest in preparing future educators. He is child-centered, creative, enthusiastic, not risk-averse, and a self-starter. He has always believed it necessary to be visible and available in any role he has assumed and imperative to be an active member of the community. His vast experience has shown him the common thread that unites each of the urban, suburban, and rural school districts is the quest for excellence in academics, the arts, and athletics. His intense interest in traveling, scuba diving, and studying cultures of the world supports his recognition and celebration of diversity. He is a notary public for the Commonwealth of Virginia and a life member of the University of Maryland Alumni Association, the American Numismatic Association, the Association of Teacher Educators, the Virginia Middle School Association, and the N.A.A.C.P.

PTA Involvement

Current Service Includes:

Mychael currently serves as the President of the Warhill High School PTSA and the Williamsburg-James City County PTA Council. He is also the District Director of the Peninsula District for the Commonwealth of Virginia and serves on the Programs Committee for National PTA.

Past Service Includes:

Mychael has been involved with PTAs since he began teaching and has been a member of a number of the local PTAs in the Williamsburg-James City County school district. At one point in his teaching career, he was the PTA President for his elementary school and maintained his involvement and support for PTAs throughout his career before retiring.

Community Involvement

Current Service Includes:

Mychael serves on the Virginia Council on the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children for the Commonwealth of Virginia. He is Vice Chair of Virginia’s Special Education Advisory Committee and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Virginia Middle School Association.  He is a Board member of the Williamsburg-James City County Schools Foundation. He is a member of the Military Family Advisory Network’s Advisory Board and the Currently Serving Advisory Council for the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA).

Past Service Includes:

Mychael was a member of the Rotary Club in Owego, NY and served on the Board of Directors for Tioga Opportunities, Inc. in Owego, NY.

Honors and Awards

Mychael has been recognized as the Howard County Elementary Teacher of the Year, the Maryland Cooperating Teacher of the Year and the Norge Elementary School Volunteer of the Year.