Zaniyah Williams – Vanguard HS, Ocala, FL

Zaniyah Williams has volunteered countless hours in service to her community. From feeding the homeless, caring for animals, tutoring others, and becoming President of Vanguard High School’s Pink Ladies & T-Birds Service Club, Zaniyah has become a consistent, reliable, open-minded, and hardworking young woman. Leading the Service Club has taught her that everyone’s opinions and viewpoints matter. “There is no I in team, she says”.

Zaniyah has been a member of Vanguard’s Pink Ladies & T-Birds Service Club four years now, and each year she became more involved. She helped donate more to the less fortunate and volunteered more of her time. She says one of her favorite activities has been donating Christmas gifts to foster children.

Zaniyah’s favorite place to volunteer is Advent Health in Ocala. Volunteering at Advent Health reminds her of her grandfather Joseph Haynes Jr. who passed away in 2010. She says, “My grandfather’s passing has inspired me to work in the field of cancer research, namely, as an oncology physician assistant. Knowing that there was nothing else hospice and my family could do, channeled an inspiration in me to help find a cure. I found my grandfather’s diagnosis quite unfair and am devoted to finding some method to combat the disease so no other individual would have to endure what he experienced.”

About Jim Warford

Jim Warford is the author of, The Chemistry of Culture: Strategies You Can Use to Create a Culture of Learning. For 15 years Jim Warford was Senior Advisor and Keynote Speaker for the International Center for Leadership in Education. Jim is an author, speaker, Leadership and Instructional Coach. He was named in March 2003 as Florida’s first Chancellor of K12 Public Schools. He stepped down in September, 2005 to become Executive Director of the Florida Association of School Administrators, representing over 10,000 Florida school leaders. As a Senior Advisor for the International Center for Leadership in Education, he works with states, districts and schools to provide coaching and executive training and support to school leaders and their staffs. As Florida’s Chancellor, he led the creation and state-wide implementation of Florida’s Continuous Improvement Model, FCIM, which resulted in that state’s dramatic gains in student achievement and an 80% reduction in the number low-performing schools. FCIM remains Florida’s required intervention for all low-performing schools. As Superintendent of the Marion County, Florida Public Schools, he first implemented the Continuous Improvement Model district-wide. As a result, school grades went from three “F”, eight “D” and only one “A” school in 1999 to twenty “A”, 16 “B” and no “F” schools in 2003. Under his leadership the high school dropout rate was cut in half. He taught applied technology courses at the high school level for 17 years and created a Computer Graphics/Video Production program that won many national and state awards. He was named Vanguard High School Teacher of the Year three separate times.
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