Dr. Thomas Williams Jr. is currently a Policy Advisor with the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) Office of Special Education and Early (OSEEL) in Frankfort, Kentucky. Prior to his appointment to this position, Dr. Williams served as an Early Learning Principal with Oakland Unified School District in Oakland, California. Dr. Williams started his career in Jackson, Mississippi where he served as a credentialed PreK 4 and Kindergarten teacher, Prek-2nd grade Instructional Coach, and School Readiness Coordinator. His work as an early childhood leader continued while he was employed at Washington DC Public Schools as the Supervisor of Early Childhood Lab Schools. He currently holds a Kentucky Rank 1 educator credential in early childhood, supervisor of instruction, principal, and superintendent.
Dr. Williams’ research interests examine home and school perceptions of Black boys’ behavior in early education. He has served as a mentor for the California Consortium for Equity in Early Childhood Education Fellowship Program and is currently an Adjunct Instructor with the College of Education at Spalding University. He is also currently in progress to co-author the book: Principals’ Guide to Leading Early Childhood with the Commitment to Equity: Effective Instructional Leadership to Support Our Youngest Learners.
Dr. Williams has a Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, a Master’s degree in early childhood education and education administration, an Educational Specialist degree in psychometry, a Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Administration. He is a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, National Association for the Education of Young Children, The School Superintendent Association, and Phi Beta Sigma, Fraternity, Inc.