LifeChanger of the Year Nominee Profile

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Claude Wilson

Position: Principal
School: Hawkins Mill Elementary School
School District: Shelby County Schools
City, State: Memphis, TN

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Claude Wilson II was nominated by his colleague, Len Williams.

Mr. Williams is a native of Jackson, MS with an extensive background in the fields of administration and education. He graduated from Jackson State University in 2005 with a degree in business administration, and he has been in the field of education for ten years, spending eight of those years as a classroom teacher. He has taught at Newberry Elementary, Magnolia Elementary, and Jackson Public Schools. His philosophy of education is to provide instructional leadership, as well as an optimal learning environment that is conducive to teaching and learning and ensures academic student growth.  Mr. Wilson is now the new principal of Hawkins Mill Elementary with the Shelby County School District in Memphis, TN.

He has three main priorities in his new position. His first priority is to build positive relationships with the school’s stakeholders, including parents, students, teachers, staff, and community supporters. Next, he aims to identify the school’s strengths, as well as its opportunities for growth, in an effort to facilitate a climate of continuous improvement. Finally, he hopes to establish systems and routines that will foster a culture of high academic achievement and decrease suspensions and the chronic absenteeism rate. 

Mr. Wilson was the presentation speaker for Data Driving Instruction w/AMOs, New Leaders Sessions, and the Mississippi Science Teachers Association Conference. He is a graduate of Mississippi College in Clinton, MS, where he attained a Masters of Arts in Teaching. He also attended the New Leaders Aspiring Principal Program. Additionally, he participated in the JSU "Sonic Boom of the South" Marching Band during his undergraduate years and is an active member of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

Comments (4)

LaShonda Jones-Turner Posted 3 months ago

Claude, I am so proud of you and your accomplishments!! This is super awesome. I pray that Gid continues to bless you and all of your future endeavors. Love ya!

Rekyia Phillips Posted 3 months ago

He gave me a chance to start my teaching career, and for that Ik forever grateful

Tina M. Horton Posted 6 months ago

Mr. Wilson Is a well deserving nominee of this award. Claude and I worked as a team for 3 years in Jackson, MS. I truly enjoyed our time as teammates. Always encouraging and uplifting, he goes the extra mile.

Charisse Wooding Posted 6 months ago

Principal Wilson is the change we want to see. His desire to evoke positive change in the underserved students he leads will alter the trajectory of their lives while consequently changing generational curses. Increasing student achievement, having a love for community engagement and fostering a positive culture that exudes a "Can Do" attitude is the change we need and we are so encouraged that we see it in Principal Wilson.