Scholar. Athlete. Son. Father. “Brooklynite.” These are just a few words to describe Antonio C. Williams. Dedicated to students and independent school education, Antonio has become a known leader within the independent school community.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Antonio actually lived in Panamá City, Panamá for the first seven years of his life and returned every summer until he was twelve. Family is of utmost importance to Antonio, and the years he lived in Panamá were instrumental to developing his sense of identity and culture. Antonio proudly refers to himself as an “Afro-Latino with West Indian roots.”
Antonio began his career in education after a stint in corporate America. He has taught mathematics in both public and private schools. Antonio currently holds the position of director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. In his career, Antonio has also served as a Mathematics Department Chair (for 14 years) and as an Upper School class dean (for 4 years). As the department chair for mathematics, Antonio developed and implemented math programs and curricula in lower, middle, and upper schools. He also assisted in the creation of a new evaluation process for teachers and led several departments through self-evaluation procedures for re-accreditation.
An intrinsic leader, Antonio is a founding faculty member of the Interschool Leadership Institute for Educators of Color (ILI), and has led many workshops on diversity and leadership at the NAIS Annual Conference and People of Color Conferences (PoCC). He was also a member of the 2011 NAIS People of Color Conference Planning Committee in Philadelphia. Some of his major leadership achievements include the creation a conference that teaches math faculty how to integrate technology into their classroom use; formation of an innovative new policy to help schools improve their recruitment of faculty of color; and seminars for students and faculty on microaggressions and the history of the 'N-word.'
For the eight years, Antonio served as an executive board member for the Multi-Cultural Resource Center (MCRC), an organization comprised of Philadelphia-area independent schools founded to serve, support and empower faculty, staff and students through diversity programming, training and resources. A hallmark of his career and involvement on the MCRC board, Antonio helped establish a workshop centering on issues of social justice, inclusion, and diversity for teachers new to independent schools within the Philadelphia area. This workshop is not referred to as the Cheryl Irving Cultural Competency Institute.
Antonio was a member of the 2016-17 cohort for the National Association of Independent Schools’ Fellowship for Aspiring School Heads. He has also completed several other leadership programs such as the NAIS Summer Leadership Institute and the Independent School Institute at Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Antonio is a proud father, a dedicated student of martial arts, and an active member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated.