Anderson High School Administrators
Mrs. Sammi Harrison
Sammi Harrison is a native Austinite who attended Joslin Elementary, Porter Jr. High (now Ann Richards) and Crockett High School. She attended the University of Texas at Austin receiving both a BS in Education and an MEd in Education. She worked 25 years as a teacher at Crockett HS and Travis HS. In 2001, she came to Anderson as an Assistant Principal. In 2004, she moved into the Associate Principal position at Anderson serving 8 years until 2012. In 2012, she had the honor of serving as the Principal of Murchsion Middle School for 4 years. In 2016, she returned to Anderson High School as the Principal of this great school. She considers it her personal and professional honor to have worked in the Anderson community for 20 years. She has 3 children and 6 grandchildren (ranging in age from 20 years old to 2 months). In her spare time she and her husband love to explore small towns, state parks and historical sites. She has a Boxer named Dolly and a rescue dog named Precious.
Last Names A - C
Ms. RoLanda Hood Williams
Social Studies, Fine Arts
Rolanda Hood Williams was born in California and comes from a long line of educators. After moving to Austin as a senior, she graduated from L.C. Anderson High School. She attended Austin Community College after high school then earned her bachelor’s degree from University of North Texas and her master’s in education administration from Lamar University. Her career in education begin in Dallas with the Dallas Independent School District and then she worked for Carrollton-Farmers Branch School district where she taught 3rd and 5th grade in both districts. She relocated to Austin in 2012 and begin working as a middle school English teacher for Austin Independent School District then moved into administration in 2014. She re-joined as an Anderson Trojan in 2018 as an administrator. She is proud to be back at Anderson High School to provide support to all students that she encounters. She educates by the motto, “Every day is a new day. What happened yesterday is in the past.” She knows that her job as an administrator to make sure school is safe, to ensure learning happens every day, and she keeps in the forefront of her mind that students learn at different levels, spaces, and places. In her free time, Ms. Hood Williams likes to spend time with her family and friends and discovering new hiking trails when time permits. Despite your confidence, she will absolutely beat you in a game of bowling and is not shy about getting on the softball field as well.
Last Names D - Hm
Ms. Robin Spencer
Math, Special Education
Robin Spencer hails from the cold wintery climates of the north but has been in Austin for over 25 years. Ms. Spencer attended Ryerson University where she received her B. A. in early childhood education and then attended York University where she received her M.Ed. in primary education. She received her M.Ed. in administration from Concordia University in 2015. When she first arrived in Austin, Ms. Spencer worked as a teacher liaison at a residential treatment center in S. Austin. She first joined the AISD team at Burnet MS then spent the last several years at Murchison MS both as a special education teacher and as an administrator. She joined the Anderson team in February of 2020. Her favorite pastimes are working with Amos, the therapy dog, visiting libraries and nursing homes, rolling around on the floor with her cat Wilie, and playing video games on her PS4.
Last Names Hn - Mn
Associate Principal - Mr. Drew Nichols
Career and Technical Education, IB, Librarians, DELTA
Drew Nichols is a lifelong Trojan and product of Austin ISD. He graduated from LC Anderson High School after attending Murchison Middle School and Hill and Davis Elementary Schools. Though officially born in Wichita, Kansas, Mr. Nichols considers himself a Texan residing in the lone star state for all but that first year of his life. He attended Trinity University and played football before graduating from Texas State University with a B.A. in History and Special Education. After a decade of coaching and teaching in the special education department at Anderson, Mr. Nichols received his M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from the University of North Texas which resulted in a move into administration. He worked the following three years as assistant principal here at Anderson. Mr. Nichols now serves the Anderson community in the role of Associate Principal/Academy Director. Engaging with students and fostering lifelong relationships is a passion for Mr. Nichols. In his leisure time, Mr. Nichols enjoys watching sports, fostering shelter dogs, DIY Projects around the house, and any excuse to get out on Lake Travis.
Last Names Mo - San
Mr. Michael Shackelford
Science, Health, Physical Education
Michael Shackelford is originally from Birmingham, Alabama, but he's called Austin home since 2004. Michael graduated from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina in 2003, and he received his Master's in Education Leadership and Principal's Certification from the University of North Texas in 2017. Michael worked at O. Henry Middle School from 2009 until 2021; he started as a substitute teacher his first year, became a Social Studies teacher, and eventually became the campus Instructional Coach. He was the head cheerleading coach at O. Henry for eleven years, and he also coached Soccer and Track. Outside of school, you can find Michael enjoying his family and friends or spending time with his dog, Thor, and his cat, Atticus. He enjoys weightlifting and all things Marvel. Michael is very excited to be at Anderson High School, and he's even more excited to be a part of this amazing community!
Last Names Sao - Z
Mr. Brian Lancaster
English, World Languages
Brian Lancaster grew up mostly in Colorado Springs, and attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. He began college as an Electrical Engineering major with an Air Force ROTC scholarship, but struggled with the initial thought: "Wait a minute, I don't feel passionate about this, so why am I doing it?" After that, he resigned from the Air Force ROTC program and switched to being an English Education major, graduating in 2009. He worked for three years as an English specialist at GOAL Academy, an online charter school in Colorado. He then moved to Austin to be closer to his brother and nieces, and worked for two years at John P. Ojeda Middle School in Del Valle ISD, and then for four years at W. Charles Akins High School in Austin ISD. In 2019, he graduated with a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Texas State University, and was hired to be an assistant principal at LC Anderson High School in the summer of 2019. In his spare time, he enjoys playing trombone with Minor Mishap Marching Band, helping organize the Honk!TX music festival, exploring Austin with his fiancée Ali, and playing computer games.