Barry Tech appoints new assistant principal
Dr. Desiree Williams has joined the administrative team of Nassau BOCES Barry Tech, located in the Joseph M. Barry Career and Technical Education Center. Dr. Williams has been named Assistant Principal, and will also help with transportation, testing and coordinating the implementation of DASA (Dignity for All Students Act) requirements.
“Students here are taught unique and invaluable skills that are not offered at most traditional high schools,” Dr. Williams said of the acclaimed career and technical education programs offered at Barry Tech. “I am grateful to have been chosen by this remarkable and supportive administrative team, and to have the opportunity to help these outstanding students find the paths they will take after graduating high school.”
Dr. Williams began her educational career as a high school science teacher in the New York City school system, after which she taught at a number of Long Island school districts including Hauppauge, Brentwood and North Babylon. The administration at North Babylon quickly recognized her leadership potential and moved her up the administrative ranks.
Dr. Williams was tasked with development and coordination of an effective districtwide mentoring program for the North Babylon UFSD, focused on training and coaching new teachers, as well as transforming instruction. In the summer of 2020, she was appointed assistant principal of the Western Suffolk BOCES summer school program, in which role she met the significant challenges of providing education in the restrictive environment of COVID. She assisted with the implementation of the district’s instructional technology to effectively facilitate synchronous online instruction for the new reality of distance learning.
Eventually, Dr. Williams was appointed co-principal of North Babylon Alternative High School. In addition to the standard administrative duties of supervision, scheduling, and academic and emotional support, she helped to develop innovative instructional techniques and to foster an atmosphere of interdisciplinary teacher collaboration.
Dr. Williams helped to provide a variety of professional development opportunities, such as the High School Equity Initiative and “How to Engage Diverse Learners,” delivered during Superintendent Conference Day. She helped to establish two new vital programs for the district; “Night of a Thousand Words with Jazz” and the annual “Black History Month Program.”
Dr. Williams holds New York State certification as a biology and chemistry instructor, as well as a school district and school building leader. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Post Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership from SUNY Stony Brook, a Master’s degree from the University of Bridgeport, and a doctorate from New York Chiropractic College.