Jenise Williams
Teacher, Detroit Public Schools Community District
Jenise Williams is a proud third generation Detroiter and educator. Jenise is a 2018 graduate of the University of Michigan’s College of Literature Science and the Arts (LSA) from which she received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. In 2019, she received the honor of "Five Under Ten" from the University of Michigan Black Alumni Association during the 2019 homecoming celebration. Jenise was named a “Detroit Genius” in 2020 by the Skillman Foundation for her efforts in education. Jenise is currently pursuing her Master of Arts from the University of Michigan’s School of Education in Education Leadership and Policy. Jenise serves as co-chair of the University of Michigan’s LSA Southeastern Michigan Young Alumni Council, is her school’s representative for Detroit Public Schools Community District’s (DPSCD) Teacher Lead Equity Task Force, remains an active member within her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Alpha Rho Omega Chapter, and is a board member for Focus Hope’s Future Leaders of Hope young professional collective. Jenise was recently appointed to the Detroit Institute of Arts’ Founders Junior Council in the summer of 2020. Jenise is a 2018 alum of Teach For America - Detroit. She served as a Kindergarten Educator in DPSCD during the two year fellowship. In her first year of teaching, she was distinguished as Rookie of the Year at her school and saw unprecedented growth for her scholars in their end of the year data in 2019 and mid-year data in 2020. This achievement earned Jenise district recognition which included being appointed to create content to support other schools within the district with their literacy curriculum implementation and creating pre-recorded literacy lessons for district-wide student use. Jenise is currently in her third year of teaching in the DPSCD network as both a third grade teacher and inaugural Teach for America - Detroit Encore Fellow. She is pleased to be making an impact in her home city. Jenise is eager to continue to develop her leadership and commitment to social justice in order to remain a servant leader for not only her students, but all youth.