District hires Williams as new director of teaching, learning

The Princeton School District has a new director of teaching and learning.
The School Board has hired Julie Williams, of Foreston, to succeed Mindy Jezierski. Williams starts in her new position on July 1.
Williams is originally from Anoka. Her family moved to Princeton in 2001, but by then Williams had graduated from high school. Her two sisters and a brother graduated from Princeton High School. mug Julie Williams
Williams received a B.A. degree in elementary education and English from the University of St. Thomas, plus a master’s in special education and a separate degree in education administration.
She spent one year as a special education instructor at St. Francis High School. She then found a chance to move into special education administration and oversaw the special ed, Title programs and staff development in the St. Francis School District. She spent eight of her 11 years in that district as an administrator and spent the other three as a teacher.
Williams said one of the challenges of her new job will be making sure the curriculum works across the district for all students. She foresees more technology integrated into the curriculum but says the district will never get rid of text books because of the many different learning styles.
Asked about any plans she has in mind for changes, she explained that it is to use all the present initiatives the district has been using in the last few years and work to build on them, as opposed to adding more initiatives.
The district is apt to get more teachers and parents to buy into what the schools are doing rather than if the district continues to add new initiatives.
Williams and her husband, Brandon, have children Luke, 8, and Molly, 6, in Milaca schools.
Williams says she enjoys reading, outdoor activities including camping and following her kids in activities.
“I’m excited to be in Princeton,” Williams said. “It is closer to home. This is a good school district. It has a lot of potential. There are a lot of initiatives here.”