Enter Alvin Williams—a native of Southeast Georgia and an advocate for student success, Williams is set to take over the position of principal at Bradwell Insitute, where current principal Toriano Gilbert accepted a position as Director of Federal Programs.
Williams received his bachelors in Communcations Media from Alabama State University, a masters in Middle Grades Education from Albany State University, and an Ed. S. in Educational Administration from Valdosta State University. He is married and has a 14-year old son, and another on the way, he said.
Williams taught math at the sixth, seventh and eighth grade level for 10 years over the course of three different schools, he said. He also taught audio and video film, as well as some graphic design and photography.
“I was elected to the school board for two terms, I served as vice-chair for the first term, and chair for the second term,” Williams said. The school board he served on was in Calhoun County.
“The school district is excited to welcome Mr. Alvin Williams to Bradwell Institute,” Liberty County School System Superintendent Dr. Franklin Perry said. “Mr. Williams will be a great addition to the staff and we are looking forward to the leadership and enthusiasm he will bring to the staff, students and parents of Bradwell.”
As he transitions into the position at Bradwell, Williams is excited to just be engaged and be a leadership example for the students and staff.
“Being the face of the school, the leader, the go-to guy, but ultimately making the students better,” Williams continued.
In regards to recent controversy surrounding fights at both high schools, Williams is confident that those policies in place will remain to help moderate situations such as this. Policies remain in place to ensure when there are situations, they are handled correctly, he said.
“As an administrator of the school, it’s my job to uphold the policies and whenever there is a policy that is violated, we need to address it in an appropriate manner.”
Williams’s goal is to get out there and get to know all of Bradwell’s 1,800 students. Getting to know their faces, interact with them, and let them get to know him is on the agenda.
“I’m just so excited to be here,” Williams. “I’m overwhelmed. It’s a wonderful opportunity. There’s a great staff, pleasant students, and a world of opportunities.”
Williams’s official start date has not been decided, but he has spent time with Gilbert, talking, walking around and just collaborating about the position.
“I’m excited to go in and meet staff, students and everyone else,” he said.