Josh Williams to Lead New Elementary School
Submitted on December 21, 2018
The incoming principal to take the helm of the 37th school in Lexington/Fayette is Josh Williams, Georgetown College Class of 2006. The new school which he will lead, Freshman Academy, is under construction, off Athens-Boonesboro Road.
Williams has served as an elementary school principal before, according to a release from the Fayette County Public Schools, and also helped open the Frederick Douglass High School in 2017.
“The compelling vision that Josh has for the new school will provide a rich educational experience for our children,” says Superintendent Manny Caulk, who announced Williams’ appointment. “Since he has served as both an elementary and high school leader he can see the through‐line from the foundation laid in elementary school to delivering on the global competencies we identify for students in the Fayette County Public School Portrait of a Graduate. His plans to educate the whole child by anchoring learning in the arts align directly with the core values of our district by embracing families and the broader community as partners.”
Williams, who has 13 years of experience in education, started his career teaching world history and government at Lafayette High School. He served for a year as director of students and student life at Madison Southern High School, a year as assistant principal at Camp Taylor Elementary, and four years as principal of Watson Lane Elementary School.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in social studies education from Georgetown College, and a master’s degree in educational leadership as well as his superintendent’s certification from Eastern Kentucky University. He will complete his doctorate at EKU in 2019.
“With this new elementary school, we really want to focus on infusing the arts into the curriculum and providing students with the opportunity to learn thru the lens of arts,” Williams says. “Our goal will be to provide opportunities for students to learn in different ways – through movement, through expression, through sound and rhythm – so that they are able to verbally express and articulate the things that they’re doing and the things that they’re learning.”