Dr. Steve Gallon III was born and raised in Miami’s renowned Liberty City. After graduating from the public school system in Miami, he later attended and graduated in three years from Florida A & M University in Tallahassee, FL, earning Magna Cum Laude Honors with a degree in English Education. Though his parent’s youngest child, he became the first and only of six siblings to graduate from college. While raising his son and daughter as a single father, he worked full-time and furthered his education at Florida International University receiving a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and a Doctorate in Educational Administration and Supervision. He has also participated in postdoctoral leadership institutes on Large-Scale School Reform and Management at Harvard and Stanford University.
Dr. Gallon, after serving as an English teacher entered the administrative ranks as Assistant Principal and was later appointed principal of Holmes Elementary School, a Pre-K through grade 6 school with a 1,180 student population at the time. In his third year and after marked improvements in student outcomes and community involvement, he was tapped to become principal of Miami Northwestern Senior High School, where he would serve for seven years—earning the third longest tenure in the school’s 50-year history. Under his leadership, student attendance, student performance, and graduation rates increased, as well as the provision of programs in honors, advanced placement, and the arts for the over 3,200 students in the comprehensive urban high school housed in a state-of-the-art facility.
Dr. Gallon has received numerous awards for his outstanding professional and community service. He was recognized as Region III’s “Rookie Principal of the Year”, Elementary School “Principal of the Year”, District Finalist for Principal of the Year, and “Educator of the Year” by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Dr. Gallon was also the recipient of the NAACP Mary McCloud.