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Henry County Board of Education Approves Appointment of Dr. Crystal Williams as Principal of Dutchtown Middle School

HENRY COUNTY, GA – The Henry County Board of Education approved Dr. Crystal Williams as the new principal of Dutchtown Middle School during its Feb. 12 business meeting.

“We celebrate you and are excited about all you will do in your new role,” Superintendent Mary Elizabeth Davis said following the announcement of Dr. Williams’ appointment during Monday’s business session. “Dutchtown Middle School and Henry County Schools will be enriched by your efforts to educate, encourage, empower, and inspire your students and staff every day.”

Dr. Williams’ appointment follows her tenure at McDonough High School, where she was an assistant principal for nearly three years. She brings a wealth of experience in educational leadership and instruction, including more than 13 years of service at the high school level and 10 years in middle schools.

“I have had the opportunity to hone my leadership skills in Henry County Schools over the last 10 years in various roles, including special education teacher, department chair, and student support facilitator,” Dr. Williams said. “As the next principal of Dutchtown Middle School, my leadership will be grounded in my ‘why,’ as I am committed to empowering and inspiring students, staff, families, and the Dutchtown community.”

“Dr. Crystal Williams is dedicated to building upon the tradition of excellence at Dutchtown Middle School,” added Assistant Superintendent for School Leadership Dr. Joycelyn H. Jackson. “She shares in our commitment to prioritizing academics and providing meaningful middle school experiences every day as we prepare students for high school and beyond.”

Dr. Williams’ qualifications for principal extend to more than a decade of studies in education and education administration. She holds a Bachelor of Education and Master of Education from Auburn University at Montgomery, an Education Specialist degree in educational leadership and administration from Troy University, and a Doctor of Education in teacher leadership from Walden University.

In the coming days, she plans to connect with the school community through introductory meetings, meet-and-greet sessions, grade-level town halls, and one-on-one sessions with students, parents, and staff to gather feedback on how to best serve the current and future needs of Dutchtown Middle School. She will assume her duties as principal of Dutchtown Middle School on Feb. 21.

“My goal is to positively impact everyone through meaningful educational experiences,” Dr. Williams said. “I am committed to seeking ways to ensure everyone feels connected, valued, and included.”

About Henry County Schools

Henry County Schools (HCS) is the eighth-largest school district in Georgia, consisting of 52 schools, including two academies, located about 20 minutes south of Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Over the past 20 years, our community has grown in population from 113,000 residents to over 244,000 residents. Since 1999, student enrollment has grown from 21,000 to 43,000 students, and our number of employees has grown from 3,000 to 6,000.

HCS is “In Pursuit of Exceptional,” taking action to advance opportunities, access, and outcomes so that every student in our school district has Exceptional Support, Exceptional Access, and an Exceptional Future. In 2020, our Board of Education adopted our 2021-2026 Community-Inspired Strategic Plan and laid out a clear vision and mission for Henry County Schools. Our vision is to ensure a high-quality, world-class education for every student, and our mission is to empower all students with exceptional opportunities and access that lead to success in a global society.