Company: St. Patrick’s School
Location: Cashton, Wisconsin, United States
Jessica April Williams, EdD, Principal at St. Patrick’s School, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in school leadership.
Dr. Williams is a teacher, professor and school administrator currently serving as the principal of St. Patrick’s School in Cashton, Wisconsin. Her passion for education grew from her own memories of being a student, and the enduring influence of her teachers has long stood as her greatest inspiration. Dr. Williams earned a Bachelor of Science in elementary and middle grades education from Viterbo University in 2004, and was certified to teach at the K-8 level the same year. After colleagues began recommending her to administrative roles, Dr. Williams continued her education at National Louis University, completing a Master of Arts in educational leadership in 2010 and a Doctor of Education in 2017.
Dr. Williams embarked upon her profession as an art teacher at Franklin Elementary School in La Crosse, after which she taught kindergarten and pre-kindergarten at Sacred Heart School before relocating to Arizona in 2005, where she spent three years at Wallace Elementary School teaching music and fifth grade. She returned to Wisconsin in 2008, where she began to diversify her educational skills, joining the Menominee Indian School District as a classroom teacher for grades three to five, as well as a district summer school principal. In 2011, Dr. Williams also served as an adjunct professor and teacher candidate supervisor for the College of the Menominee Nation, whose teacher education program website she also designed and maintained.
By 2012, Dr. Williams had begun to transition into higher education and professional development, designing coursework and teaching for Learning Journeys and presenting on classroom technology integration for the Association for Wisconsin School Administrators. She was named as the regional service network director for the Cooperative Educational Services Agency in 2012 and moved on the following year to become the school improvement and family engagement facilitator for WestEd, where she continued to excel until 2016. Currently, Dr. Williams is an adjunct professor at Viterbo University and serves in the graduate-level programs at St. Mary’s University, in addition to helping coordinate and deliver alternative teacher licensure programs for CESA 7. Furthermore, she supervises teacher and administrator licensure candidates for eduCATE-WI.
Well regarded for her inimitable expertise in the field, Dr. Williams has been the recipient of numerous awards and accolades, most recently being named as a Pinnacle Professional by the Continental Who’s Who of National Business Leaders and earning designation as a Top Female Executive for Outstanding Professional Excellence and Dedication by the International Women’s Leadership Association. She has served as a reviewer for the Bishop John Paul Endowment Fund, the Herb Kohl Excellence Scholarship Program and the Wisconsin Academic Decathlon, in addition to her current role as a 21st Century CLC Grant external reviewer for the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Looking toward the future, she hopes to be able to focus on providing teachers and administrators with coaching, guidance and a commitment to growth in their field. In her personal time, Dr. Williams is a volunteer tutor, teacher and guide at such establishments as the Wisconsin Maritime Museum.
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