My name is Theresa Williams. I was born and raised in Texas, and then relocated to Richmond Californai where I attended what was then Downer Jr. High school. I then attended and graduated from Harry Ells high school.
I continued my education at Cal State Hayward where I earned my Bachelor or Arts in Liberal Studies with a minor in Human Development. Next, I received my teaching credential in Elementary Education, and continued with a Master of Science in Educational Leadership where I also received my Administrative Services credential.
My educational philosophy about teaching and learning is, when we build postive, caring relationships with our students, they gain the tools of growing up to be lifelong critical thnkers, problem solvers and compassionate adults. This belief derives from the passion and urgency to make a difference in the lives of children.
As a leader, it is important to establish postive, collaborative relationships with all stakeholders. As an effective leader , it is my responsibility to build a foundation of respect, integrity and trust. This also includes having a clear set of goals where everyone works collaboratively towards our school's vision and mission.
Having a clear vision is essential for moving the needle towards students' success. It keeps us on a path of raising the the bar to the next level for student achievement. It's impprtant that every stakeholder is involved in this process. As the African proverb goes, "It takes a village to raise a child," and we have accepted the challenge of being the village! In terms of our mission, it's critical that each person is involved. This includes every aspect of our school as well as our community
I believe that a successful school functions best with a postive school climate. This begins with our four B's in our PBIS model. This includes Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be Kind. When everyone follows each of these expectations, we are more likely to cultivate and strengthen positive relationships with students, staff, parents, and our community.
Finally, keeping students as our central focus is key. When we invest in our students' learning, we are teaching them to be critical thinkers, which in turn make them life long problem solvers. They begin to learn how to analyze, draw conclusions, and learn how to form an opinion based on reseach and data analysis. Including caring for others also fosters compassionate adults.
As a person that has grown up in the Bay Area, I am dedicated to working with all stakeholders. I am dedicated to helping children meet their goals. I am dedicated to the continuous focus of our children's education, so that one day they will contine to pass on the gift of a quality education.
Standing in Solidarity,
Mrs. Theresa Williams
Bayview Elementar School