Ms. Williams is the Inaugural Director of the Early Childhood Education Center (ECEC) at Nevada State College as well as a part-time instructor for the School of Education (SOE) and the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS), Psychology Department. She began working at Nevada State in 2019, during the very beginning planning phases of the ECEC. She was delighted to be able to take on this amazing project and work closely with the architects and SOE faculty to ensure that the facility would be a very special early childhood program that would welcome all children and provide exceptional, high-quality programming for both young children as well as undergraduate and graduate students studying early childhood and early childhood special education, psychology, and speech and language pathology. The ECEC also provides opportunities for research in partnership with the other schools on campus. Ms. Williams has been a member of and presented both regionally and nationally at the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) conferences, led multiple early childhood programs though the initial and re-accreditation process and hopes to lead the Nevada State ECEC through the accreditation process during their second year in operation. Ms. Williams was nominated as the Nevada Association for the Education of Young Children, Director of the Year in 2011.
Treating children with respect and dignity is a priority for Ms. Williams. Infusing social justice, equity and inclusion into early childhood programming, in an age-appropriate manner, is essential for preparing children to be assertive advocates and use their voices to stand up for and to believe in themselves and their generation. Valuing children, their voices and thoughts is something that Ms. Williams’ feels is crucial in creating and maintaining a high-quality, thriving preschool. Placing emphasis on social and emotional learning infused with language, literacy and communication is our responsibility as early childhood educators. This is something Ms. Williams is very passionate about and has been a focus of her work for years.
Ms. Williams holds a Master’s Degree in Education, Educational Leadership, from the University of Nevada Las Vegas and a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Child Development/Psychology from Central Michigan University. She has taught in public, private and independent schools, all in early childhood classrooms, infant-kindergarten. She has also taught college courses in education, early childhood education, educational psychology, psychology and child development since 2008. Ms. Williams spent seven years at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in student services, academic advising and was awarded the Nevada System of Higher Education, Board of Regent’s Academic Advisor of the Year Award in 2006. Ms. Williams has been an administrator/principal for over 15 years in early childhood programs. In addition, she has also created and facilitated parent/infant-toddler classes and summer camp programs for children in Preschool-Grade 5. She has worked in and led programs in early childhood education in the states of California, Georgia, Michigan and Nevada. She is proud to be a Las Vegan for over twenty years and calls Henderson home with her husband and daughter.