Jarita Williams was nominated by her colleague, Brianna Fritsch.
Ms. Williams exemplifies what it means to be a LifeChanger! She embodies positivity, establishes strong relationships with her students and staff, is hard working, goes above and beyond, and manages to do it all while being a cheerleader for all she meets with a smile on her face.
"When I first met Jarita Williams, I was a new school social worker and still trying to figure out my role in the building and how to best support the students," said Fritsch. "Jarita was the first to welcome me with open arms, tons of support and guidance. She trusted me and what I could contribute to the team. I quickly realized that she was, in many ways, the heartbeat of the school."
Students and staff are drawn to her positivity, contagious smile, and genuine desire to help and support them in any way she can. Whoever talks to Ms. Williams feels like they are really valued and important to her, and it's honest! She really does find value in and care for everyone she meets! She goes above and beyond in her job to make sure her students are heard. Ms. Williams wants students to know the consequences of their actions when needed, but also know they are important and that she believes in them. She does the same with parents of students and builds relationships with parents regularly.
To top it off, she's always trying to make sure her staff know how much she respects and loves them! From thank you notes and coffee, to emails of support, to simple things like stopping what she is doing to make eye contact when you talk to her, she really cares about people, and it shows!
"AP Williams has filled many roles, even in my three short years at WMS," said Fritsch. "Last year was a year of transition and change for our school, as we had a few principal changes throughout the year. Jarita stepped up to not only fill her role as Assistant Principal, but many of the roles of Lead Principal as well. She did it all with grace and a smile."
Leadership and professionalism are of high importance to her. She challenges others to be better, do better, and be the best for the kids at all times. Students are her priority, and doing what is best for them while adhering to moral and ethical standards are a must.
"Jarita is an outstanding leader, woman, and friend. Anyone who meets her is blessed to have her in their life," said Fritsch.