Dr. Lauren Williams
Lauren Buckley Williams has over 33 years of teaching and leadership experience. She was fortunate over her career to teach grades two through seven in Virginia, Kentucky, Florida, and Georgia. She received her undergraduate degree from Transylvania University and further degrees from the University of Kentucky and Augusta State University prior to receiving her doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Georgia in 1994. Being named as the Teacher of the Year by her school peers, she was constantly trying to improve her classroom and the school as a whole by grant writing and serving on the school leadership team. Spending time in both private and public school classrooms has given her a rich understanding of the diversity and commonalities among successful schools and successful classrooms. As the Associate Superintendent in Columbia County, she continued to lead all instructional areas and supervise principals. While in this position for eight years, she designed, planned, and taught four years of progressive leadership courses spanning the aspiring teacher leader through the first year of the principalship. She also led the system in achieving District-Wide SACS-CASI Accreditation (2005) as well as leading the quality assurance initiatives to continue this course. Retiring in June, 2010 she looks forward to working as a supervisor for Master's Level interns at Georgia Regents University as well as enjoying tennis, church work, and spending more time with her husband as well as their four grown children and an ever-expanding number of grandchildren!