In June 2016, Dr. Gallon was honored by the City of Plainfield, New Jersey Municipal Council for his leadership and vision in the establishment of the Plainfield Academy of the Arts and Advanced Studies during his tenure as Superintendent. The school was recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of the Best High Schools in the U.S. after boasting a 100% graduation and college attendance rate.
In 2017, Dr. Gallon honored by the City of North Miami and was named as the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc’s Eta Nu Zeta Chapter’s “Man of the Year” for his commitment to excellence in education to the students and community.
In March 2017, Dr. Gallon was also named as one of “South Florida’s Most Powerful and Influential Black Leaders for 2017” by Miami’s Legacy Magazine. A 25-year resident of Miami Gardens, Dr. Gallon is also an author who has written and published three books on education. His spirit of enthusiasm, intellect, and dynamism, makes him one of the most respected educational speakers and consultants in the country. A man of faith, Dr. Steve Gallon III is a proud member of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church of Miami Gardens.
On November 8, 2016, Dr. Gallon was decisively elected as the Miami-Dade County Public Schools District 1 School Board Member.
On August 9, 2017 Dr. Steve Gallon III was named recipient of the National School Boards Association Council of Urban Boards of Education’s (CUBE) prestigious 2017 Benjamin Elijah Mays Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Benjamin Elijah Mays Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an individual who—during his or her lifetime—has demonstrated a longstanding commitment to the educational needs of urban school children through his or her service as a local school board member.
In April 2018, he was elected to the National School Boards Association’s National Steering Committee for a three-year term and on May 14, 2018 he was named “Educator of the Year” by Legacy Magazine.
In March 2019, he was voted Vice-Chair to National School Boards Association Council of Urban Boards of Education’s (CUBE) Steering Committee.
In May 2019, he was elected Vice-Chair to the Census 2020 Task Force.
In September 2019, he was selected as the 2019 Honoree for Education by the NAACP Miami-Dade Chapter.
As a Board member and Vice Chair, Dr. Gallon successfully proffered over 50 Board items:
- Initiated Item to Provide an additional $850 million plus dollars for teacher salaries
- Eliminated Failing Schools -Expanded Innovative Educational Programs
- Initiated Mandatory Meals for Students During School Closures
- Improved Accountability and Transparency in General Obligation Bond Expenditures
- Improved Business Opportunities for Minority, Women, and Black-owned Businesses
- Improved Fairness and Equity in Education and Economics
- Ensured Compensation for Hourly/Part-Time Employees During COVID-19
- Ensured Parent Training During Virtual Learning
- Established School Board Policy to monitor, on an annual basis, the closing of the Achievement Gap among specific student subgroups
- Established School Board Policy to monitor the development, implementation, and evaluation of District Strategic Plan
In 2020 Dr. Gallon was re-elected unopposed to another 4 year term. And in 2021, was re-elected Vice Chair for the third consecutive year of the Miami-Dade County Public School Board.
In April 2021, he was voted Chair to National School Boards Association Council of Urban Boards of Education’s (CUBE) Steering Committee in which he delivered the State of Urban Education Address at the 2021 National School Boards Association Council of Urban Boards of Education’s Annual Conference: to entire speech, click here.
In 2022, Dr. Gallon’s life and career were chronicled in the Documentary Film “Light Found In The Dark: The Life of Dr. Steve Gallon III”. To view, click here.
He is also the author of two books, Educating with Love and Without Compromise and When Morning Comes, a book series which fully chronicles the urban school principal and life growing up in Liberty City. See below:
Educating With Love and Without Compromise
When Morning Comes: Moments of Struggle, Strength, and Salvation
Dr. Gallon is also the creator, producer, and host of “Real Talk with Dr. Steve Gallon III” which focuses on education and related issues. View here.
He has also been a guest on national cable networks CNN and MSNBC to provide insight and perspective on educational and related issues. See below:
Dr. Steve Gallon III on MSNBC discussing Health/Reproduction Edu. and Textbook Materials in MDCPS
Dr. Steve Gallon III on CNN’s New Day discussed Health and Reproduction Education and Textbook Mater
In 2022, Dr. Steve Gallon III was awarded the Florida School Boards Association’s 2022 President’s Award for Unparalleled Leadership and Courage at the State and National levels during politically difficult and tumultuous times in the midst of the pandemic.