Barbara A. Williams
Director of Strategic Academic Projects
Office Phone: 252-334-2094
B.A. in English and Elementary Education, Milligan College
M.Ed. in Reading Education K-12, George Mason University
Ed.D. in Educational Leadership (Curriculum and Instruction), East Carolina University
Foundations of Education
Teaching Reading in the Elementary Classroom
Dr. Williams is a native of Bel Air, Maryland. With her teaching degree from Milligan College in hand, she returned to Maryland to teach fourth grade. Two years later, she married a Coast Guard Officer and began the adventures associated with moving every two to four years. As a result she taught in NJ, Fl, VA, CA, and HI. Being stationed in DC gave the opportunity for Barbara to complete a master’s degree in reading at George Mason University. When she moved to Elizabeth City, NC she took on the role of middle school teacher, a new experience for her. She also started and coordinated a church preschool in the area.
Shortly after the move to North Carolina her husband, Commander Ernie Williams, suddenly went to be with the Lord. When their two children went off to college, Barbara went back to school at East Carolina University where she completed a doctorate in Administration and Supervision with an emphasis on curriculum and instruction.
For the next several years Barbara worked as an instructional specialist and a school administrator with the Elizabeth City/Pasquotank Schools. Barbara was then called to teach at Longwood University and remained there for five years. She coordinated the Partnership field experience and taught numerous literacy classes for PreK-12 licensure in both the undergraduate and graduate programs.
After being widowed for eighteen years, she married her next-door neighbor, Buck Jolly, then a principal with the school system. Though thoroughly enjoying her work at Longwood, it became time to come back home on a permanent basis.
Barbara promised the Lord when she was eight years old that she would work for Him all her life. As a result she has taught Sunday school, directed and taught in VBS, worked with children’s choirs and bell choirs, sang in gospel groups and choirs, and lead a praise team while a member of various churches all across the United States. She currently teaches in the Awana program and has been on various committees for the church.
Barbara oversaw the university's process for being approved by the NC Department of Public Instruction to have an elementary education degree that grants a teaching license. The first graduates of the program graduated in May 2013. Beginning in the 2013-2014 school year, Dr. Williams will continue to assist the education program but her priorities will shift as she begins to work on special projects which will enable the university to achieve some of its goals in its strategic plan.