Dr. Williams, a research associate at Shaffer Evaluation Group, is a recent graduate of the Educational Policy, Planning and Leadership program at the College of William & Mary. She has a Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts in Teaching from James Madison University. Prior to pursuing her doctorate, Dr. Williams was an elementary school teacher in Virginia for five years and served as lead teacher. She has worked on two large scale federal grants; one through the Institute of Education Services (IES) and the other through the National Science Foundation (NSF). Through this work, Dr. Williams has experience developing curriculum, leading professional development for teachers, and collecting, analyzing, and managing data. From 2015-2018 she served as co-editor of the Creativity Network Newsletter, a special interest group of the National Association of Gifted Children (NAGC). She also served as a senior reviewer for the William & Mary Educational Review. Dr. Williams has presented at national and state conferences, and her research interests include family engagement, discourse analysis, and curriculum development.