Melanie Williams was raised in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn and is a product of NYC public and private schools. As such, she has experienced a wide range of instruction (quality of education) as a student, teacher and administrator.
She earned a Bachelors Degree in Accounting from North Carolina Central University, a Masters Degree in Education (grades K – 12) and a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership (K – 12) both, from East Carolina University. She is a licensed School Building Leader in multiple states. To date, she holds approximately 16 years of experience in Education, comprised of: Teacher (8 years), Assistant Principal (3 years), Managing Director of a Teacher Staffing Organization (1 year) and Principal (currently in her 5th year and counting…).
Far too often, the neighborhood in which a student lives is a determining factor for whether or not he/she receives quality educational experiences. She has a passion and personal dedication to serving inner-city youth in a way to facilitate high quality education, regardless of the students' home zip code.
For Melanie, creating e-books, fun songs, online courses and consultant services for educators are intimate processes. Before deciding on talking points, she thinks about whether the information provided will be a value-add for clients and how the information will be used. Once she is confident that the talking points outline research-proven, time tested strategies that work well, she adds them to the suggested techniques. The goal is to create real, practical suggestions, best practices and ideas that are not typically addressed in a college setting. If/when implemented by educators, her hope is that use of her services will simultaneously increase student achievement across the world. Thus, creating a positive ripple effect impacting students' educational trajectory.
Working for educational equity; one student at a time.
After years of practice, Melanie has found that sharing knowledge she's learned over time yields the most positive results with educators. Even when she started teaching struggling students in the early 2000s, she always matched her meticulousness with passion for students' academic success. In addition to trial and error, she has studied various techniques and instructional approaches that have helped her cultivate a series of adapted best practices. Today, she is a successful principal and spends her free time with her husband and sons (Amari and Dylan). As a life-long learner, she still makes time to learn new techniques at professional development sessions all around the world.