Teacher, Jefferson County Public Schools
Jake Williams is an English teacher at W.E.B. DuBois Academy in Jefferson County’s public school system. At DuBois, in addition to teaching English, Jake serves as a member of the Instructional Leadership Team and as the English department chair. Additionally, Jake is one of the teachers on the high school development team. Jake is dual certified to teach special education and English Language Arts. Prior to his work at DuBois Academy, Jake lived and taught in Washington, D.C for five years. Jake taught special education, general education, honors, and AP English at Wilson High School. While teaching at Wilson High School, the largest high school in the District of Columbia Public School district, Jake also led a school-wide committee designed to combat the growing achievement gap and increase minority enrollment and achievement in advanced placement courses. Jake earned his bachelor’s degree in English from Centre College (Danville, KY) and his master’s degree in secondary education from Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD). He is currently enrolled in an Education Specialist in Education Administration degree and Rank I program at the University of Louisville. Outside of the classroom Jake enjoys coaching football and spending time with his fiance, Sarah, and his wonderful dog, Tenley. They live in St. Matthews. Jake’s favorite writers include Langston Hughes, Herman Melville, and Ta-Nehisi Coates.