Joseph Williams III joined the Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS) as the principal of African-Centered College Preparatory Academy in May 2012. “I’m excited to be in Kansas City and leading such an innovative and promising program. Students, parents, and I will work closely to grow African-Centered Prep into one of top schools in the region,” Williams said. “It’s time to go to work on behalf of students.”
Williams is originally from Kansas City, Mo., and has worked as an educator for the past 18 years. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Liberty University and began his teaching career as a special education teacher in 1994. Williams earned his master’s degree in School Leadership from Nova Southeastern University and is currently completing his dissertation for his doctorate degree.
Williams moved into school administration after 11 years of teaching, when he was named assistant principal at Dutchtown High School in Atlanta, Ga., for the 2005-2006 school year. He has been a school administrator for the past three years at Quitman County K-12 School. As principal, Williams was instrumental in helping Quitman K-12 earn AYP, and he was successful in significantly improving the high school graduation rate at the school.