Cassandra Williams has spent over 17 years in the field of education. Educating children is what she loves. Mrs. Williams has served in a number of leadership capacities throughout her career. Mrs. Williams began her career as a mathematics teacher. Soon after, she began an aggressive climb through the leadership ranks serving as mathematics specialists, director of secondary curriculum and instruction, director of curriculum and instruction for K-12, principal, and assistant superintendent.
As principal at Davis Magnet School, Mrs. Williams led her school from a level 3 status to a level 5 status in just two (2) years. Davis Magnet School was labeled a “Blue Ribbon School” as a result of the successful academic gains under Mrs. Williams’ leadership. Mrs. Williams attributes her success as a school leader to the following:
· A clear focus on using data to drive instructional decisions school-wide
· On-going collaboration with staff, parents, and community and promoting strong parental involvement
· Implementing student intervention practices (academic and behavior) that supported struggling learners
· Embracing and implementing best practices such as common planning, common assessment, and extensive lesson planning
· Securing highly qualified staff that were dedicated to teaching children
After serving as principal, Mrs. Williams was appointed to serve as Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction in the Jackson Public School District. In this role, Mrs. Williams led the curriculum and instruction process for 58 schools in the district. Mrs. Williams also served as Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Schools where she supervised 19 out of 38 elementary schools. In her role as Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Schools, she supervised 19 principals and led the management of instruction, school operations and other pertinent areas in the schools division. Mrs. Williams has also worked as a Mississippi Department of Education trainer for the Mississippi Mathematics Framework, Mississippi Framer Training, Understanding by Design Training, Response to Intervention Training and has served on numerous standards setting committees for state testing and accountability.
Mrs. Williams believes that once an educator commits to teaching, he/she has a moral, ethical, and professional responsibility to provide the very best educational experience for all children. Mrs. Williams is dedicated to serving children. She has “hit the ground running”, working with teachers, principals, parents, and community leaders to increase student achievement for all of our children in the Canton Public School District.