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    Dr. Mia Williams Appointed Executive Director of the Department of African American Male Achievement
    Posted on 08/06/2019
    Dr. Mia Williams smiles for a photo in graduation regalia in front of school sign that says "We Will Miss You Class of 2023"

    Dr. Mia Williams Appointed Executive Director of the Department of African American Male Achievement

    Dr. Mia Williams has been appointed executive director of the Department of African American Male Achievement. Dr. Williams will begin her new role immediately and will report directly to Superintendent Denise Juneau. The Department of African American Male Achievement is a new department charged with advancement of African American males and elimination of disparities in educational and social outcomes for students, grades PreK-12.

    Creation of the Department of African Male Achievement directly aligns with the district’s new five-year strategic plan, Seattle Excellence, and the collective commitment to unapologetically support and serve students and families furthest from educational justice.

    In this cabinet-level role, Dr. Williams will oversee development of the new department; plan, coordinate, and implement new and existing district initiatives to accelerate success for African American males; develop resources and supports centered on meeting the needs of African American males; provide leadership and coaching to schools and central office; identify system-wide improvement strategies for the advancement of African American males; increase collaboration and alignment with city, county, and philanthropic initiatives; and ensure that every African American male in Seattle Public Schools is known by his story and strength – celebrating and sharing the excellence inherent in each student.

    “Dr. Mia Williams is a force for students and her unwavering belief in students is contagious. For almost three decades, Dr. Williams has led transformational change in Seattle Public Schools, most recently as the principal at Aki Kurose Middle School. Under Mia's leadership, students’ social, emotional, and academic success have increased dramatically. The school’s student-centered approach and innovative programs focused on African American Male achievement have become a model for others– here in Seattle and nationally. She is the perfect person to lead the new department and I’m excited about what is next for African-American students and their families,” stated Superintendent Denise Juneau.

    Dr. Williams has worked as an educator in Seattle Public Schools for 26 years, and for the last 11 years has been the proud principal of Aki Kurose Middle School. Dr. Williams has also been the assistant principal at Denny International Middle School and Salmon Bay K-8 and taught at Cleveland High School, John Marshall, Rainier Beach High School, and NOMS (New Options Middle School), which is now Salmon Bay School, before becoming an administrator. Dr. Williams attended Central Washington University where she received her teaching certificate; the University of Washington where she earned a M.Ed. of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and principal credentials, and most recently a doctorate in June 2018.

    Dr. Williams’ work to eliminate opportunity gaps and advance racial and educational justice has been consistently recognized. These are just some of the recognitions her work has received:

    • 2002 Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP) Seattle Region Distinguished Middle Level, Assistant Principal Award
    • 2011 AWSP Seattle Region Middle Level Distinguished Principal Award
    • 2013 Thomas B. Foster Award for Excellence
    • 2013 Communities In School -School of Excellence Award
    • 2013 Washington State Achievement Award
    • 2013 Symetra Heroes in the Classroom® “MVP Award
    • 2014 and 2016, Diplomas Now Middle School of the Year
    • 2016 Washington State Middle Level Principal of the Year
    • 2018 Danforth University of Washington, John Morefield Mentor of the Year
    • 2019 National Education Association Mary Hatwood Futrell Human and Civil Rights Award

    Dr. Williams’ deep knowledge of Seattle Public Schools, demonstrated success for students – in particular African American males, unwavering commitment to educational justice, and proven leadership make her the clear choice for this important new role in the district.

    Mr. Caine Lowery has been chosen as the new principal of Aki Kurose Middle School, effective immediately. He moves into this position after serving as an assistant principal at Aki Kurose.

    Click here to read messages from Dr. Mia Williams and Mr. Caine Lowery to the Aki Kurose community.