South Seattle Principal Named Principal of the Year

South Seattle Principal Named Principal of the Year

The Association of Washington School Principals recently recognized Brighton resident and Aki Kurose Middle School principal Mia Williams as the 2016 Middle School Principal of the Year.

“Mia’s passion for the work she does shows every day, through her dedication and powerful leadership,” said Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Larry Nyland. “This can be seen as soon as you walk through the doors at Aki Kurose, where she and her staff continue to create a culture where students are empowered and given opportunities to learn and grow to reach their full potential.”

Indeed, in the eight years Williams has been at Aki Kurose, her students have shown some of the strongest annual academic growth in the district, and the school has become one of the district’s most successful schools in closing the educational opportunity gap.

“The work Principal Williams has done to close the opportunity gap and break down barriers for students of color and low-income kids speaks highly of her and her passion for ensuring all students have a fair chance at a great education,” said Sen. Pramila Jayapal, D-Seattle, who represents the 37th legislative district, home to Aki Kurose. “By emphasizing the importance of balancing academic and social and emotional learning, Principal Williams has set both students and staff up for long-term success. I deeply appreciate her hard work and the example she has set for schools across Washington.”

This isn’t the first time Williams has been recognized for her success. She recently spent time at the White House after being one of the few principals across the nation invited by the Johns Hopkins University’s Everyone Graduates Center to be part of a panel discussing ways to reduce chronic absenteeism.

“I live just a few blocks from Aki Kurose Middle School, and am good friends with two of Aki’s daughters,” Jayapal added. “It gives me so much pride to see the school blossom under Principal Williams’ leadership. I know that Aki would be proud of the students and the work Principal Williams is doing – work that honors the legacy of an amazing activist who changed the world for the better.”

Aki Kurose Middle School principal Mia Williams and Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Larry Nyland. Photo/Seattle Public Schools

 

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