New principal selected to lead UCP West Orange

Mischa King is anticipated to start with the school on Thursday, June 6.

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A new principal has been selected to lead UCP West Orange Charter School.

Mischa King will replace Ziesha Williams-Gatlin, who resigned in April

Williams-Gatlin, who served the school since October 2023, said her decision to resign came following differences between herself and upper management on how to best move the school forward. 

Since the resignation of Tom Brickel in March 2023, two other principals, one being Williams-Gatlin, have resigned in less than a year.

Williams-Gatlin replaced Sean Mikels, who took over in April 2023 following Brickel's resignation. Mikels left the school in September 2023. 

King moved from Michigan in 2023 and has been an assistant principal/dean at charter schools for the last four years. 

Prior to these roles, she was an ESE teacher for more than seven years.

She also has a masters degree in education administration.

"We had an extensive interview process that included the education leadership team and then the campus administration team and teachers/ed support staff," school leaders said in a parent newsletter May 20. "(King is) excited to join the UCP West Orange family, and I know you will make her feel welcome!"

King is anticipated to start with the school on Thursday, June 6, and will participate in two-day principal training before being at the campus with UCP leadership to transition for the 2024-2025 school year.



Annabelle Sikes

News Editor Annabelle Sikes was born in Boca Raton and moved to Orlando in 2018 to attend the University of Central Florida. She graduated from UCF in May 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in sociology. Her past journalism experiences include serving as a web producer at the Orlando Sentinel, a reporter at The Community Paper, managing editor for NSM Today, digital manager at Centric Magazine and as an intern for the Orlando Weekly.

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