NOTE: Briar was born 5 months after her father Wendell P. Williams started the parade 35 years ago.
Growing up in a household where both parents were educators, it was inevitable Briar Williams would follow the same career path. She attended Shorter University in Georgia, obtained a Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education with Dean’s Honors and sparked the 4th generation of educators in her lineage. Williams has been a positive influential aspect in children’s lives as an educator and an administrator for over 13 years in the United States and overseas in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Briar Williams not only has developed innovative and successful instructional strategies and resources to promote student’s lifelong learning and holistic development, but her ability to prepare students to become global citizens has earned her numerous recognitions in the education field. She has successful established a community and global outreach program to support all learners in reaching their full potential to compete in the global market. This program assisted students from an array of backgrounds to form positive relationships, appreciate other heritages, traditions, culture and customs as well as develop their communication and literacy skills.
Ms. Williams believes in creating partnerships with the school environment and the families being served. She leads workshops where parents receive training tools to assist them with working with their children at home, encouraging their cognitive, emotional, physical and social success. She provides regular professional development for teachers in her home country and abroad in the United Arab Emirates. Currently she is the department chair of her grade level in which she teaches. She is also the department chair of the multi-cultural committee and the curriculum committee at her current school site in Forest Park, Georgia. Ms. Williams has created curriculum and assessments, used by numerous teachers, which has proven to increase students’ academic success
She has led mentoring programs for students who are considered trouble youth, ensuring that they can identify and nurture their unique talents by giving back to others. This year she was the keynote speaker at Tensas High School 40th Reunion where she encouraged those to utilize their gifts and talents to give back to their community and beyond for the greater good.
Briar Williams is passionate about teaching and learning and believes in developing the true potential of all children from a wide range of backgrounds. Her experience working in an international and multi-cultural setting is a constant testament of how she is able to reach the needs of all children from various backgrounds, achieve good progression in pupils’ understanding and holistic development.