From the announcement:
Ms. McWilliams brings to Seattle more than 30 years of experience in education, with a strong emphasis on students with special needs. In her role, she will oversee all aspects of our Special Education department and will communicate and collaborate with families, staff and administrative staff.
Ms. McWilliams comes to us from the Compton Unified School District, where she started in 2007 as Special Education Program Administrator and since 2011, has been the Administrator of the Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) Support and Compliance. She is currently Compton’s lead for disproportionality and focused on developing a district-wide plan to reduce the over-representation of students in Special Education.
She started her career as a special education teacher, then served as principal in the Pasadena Unified School District and as a consultant in the Division for School Improvement with the Los Angeles County Office of Education. She also has experience as a part-time instructor for California State University, where she taught a course called “Special Education Mainstreaming & Diversity/Multiracial.”
Ms. McWilliams plans to start at Seattle Public Schools in mid-May. She was part of a national search that resulted in six candidates. A hiring committee consisted of representatives from the administration, teachers, family members, Seattle Schools Advisory & Advocacy Council (SEAAC) and the Seattle Alliance of Black Educators.