Dr. Williams holds a Ph.D. in K-12 Leadership and is the only licensed California school administrator in the 2018 race for State Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Dr. Williams was the Top African American undergraduate of the 2001 graduating class at California State University, Sacramento (CSUS). He completed his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and his first Master’s degree in Multicultural Education from CSUS. He later completed his Ph.D. in K-12 Leadership from Capella University. Dr. Williams obtained a second Master’s degree and two teaching credentials in special education from Grand Canyon University. He also holds a California Administrative Services Credential and a certificate in Crosscultural, Language, and Academic Development (CLAD).
He began his journey in education 21 years ago as a classroom aide and special education teacher. Dr. Williams worked as a school administrator at several nonpublic schools before opening his first school for students with special needs. He also worked part-time in the Sacramento County Youth Detention Facility for nearly 4 years while teaching in special education and serving as a school administrator throughout the day.
For the last 11 years, he has worked closely with district superintendents, principals, and other school administrators to educate students with exceptional needs who have required a higher level of support to access their education.
Dr. Williams has over 11 years of experience as a leader in higher education, having taught online courses in Education Administration, Curriculum and Instruction, Special Education Leadership, and Teacher Education for Capella University and Grand Canyon University. While at Capella University, Dr. Williams served on advisory boards for Special Education Leadership and Curriculum & Instruction. He is the founder of two nonpublic schools for students with special needs, The Williams Academy and Sierra Foothills Academy.
Dr. Williams has conducted research in several public school settings (Howe Ave Elementary, Grant High School, and Foothill Farms Junior High School) to help address issues related to cultural pluralism, teacher efficacy, parent engagement, and truancy.
In 2014, Dr. Williams was nominated by the California Department of Education to represent the state of California on the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) Achievement Level Setting In-Person Panel for 7th grade English.
How He Has Helped
Dr. Williams has employed over 700 educators including teachers, paraprofessionals, doctors, speech therapists, occupational therapists, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, behaviorists, and counselors. He has trained and recruited close to 1,000 teachers and administrators across the country, including his wife who also holds a Master’s degree and two teaching credentials in special education. He has managed multi-million dollar budgets and is a small business owner.
Dr. Williams recently served on National University’s advisory board for the National Council for Accreditation and Teacher Education certification.