Anthony Williams has worked in education for over two decades -- since he graduated from high school, in fact. With a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public and nonprofit administration, he brings both education and experience to his role as new executive director of community education for Robbinsdale Area Schools.
Mr. Williams got his start in education just after high school, working as a Servant Leader Intern with Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools in Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS). Over the years he held many positions in MPS including bus driver, associate educator, site supervisor, program manager, and executive director of community education. Up until starting in our district on July 12, he had spent his entire career in MPS: working in or leading youth- and adult-focused programming.
Being a product of Minnesota schools and growing up in Minneapolis have shaped Mr. Williams’s core values. He strongly believes that every child can learn, and that as we serve the community, it is our duty to provide each scholar with a top-notch educational experience.
“We are in the business of developing human beings,” he says. “This means we must nurture and grow the social, emotional, and academic capabilities of our scholars.” He believes his passion for improving our community, his commitment to our young people, and his ability to lead leaders will assist him in making a positive impact on the department, the scholars, and the community. His belief that he “can and must make a difference" drives him everyday. This is a motto he has carried with him since his time with CDF Freedom Schools.
When it comes to community education, Mr. Williams appreciates that his programs have the potential to connect with everyone, birth through elder, providing access and opportunities for many facets of our community. This fall’s offerings, for example, include classes for people looking to buy their first home, learn a new language, or participate in group fitness.
Events, classes and experiences will be highlighted in a new community education electronic newsletter, to debut before the end of the school year.
Looking ahead, Mr. Williams hopes to expand our successful swimming program and increase the number of young people who can participate in something new -- like camping. He is also excited to begin a debate program in district middle schools in collaboration with Minnesota Urban Debate League, a program of Augsburg College.
He sees programs like these as “opportunities that break down barriers and expose students to experiences that make them successful in life.”