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About Dr. Wills

Dr. Wills is a native of Austin, Texas. Dr. Wills’ skills as an educator and educational administrator have developed throughout a successful career in various fields of education.

With a solid background in educational research and evaluation, Dr. Wills has also served as a consultant to, or member of, numerous educational organizations and initiatives including, Mercer University Educational Study Panel, William Fulbright Scholar Program, Georgia Association of Educators, Association of Curriculum and Instruction, and Association of Supervision and Instruction. He has also received numerous awards and honors including, Extra Mile Award Teacher of the Year, Administrator of the Year, Atlanta Constitution and Journal Teacher of the Year Recipient. Dr. Wills was also honored as a William Fulbright Memorial Fund Scholar Recipient having the opportunity to study abroad in Japan, which he was only one of two Georgians selected for this prestigious honor. Recently, Dr. Wills has been invited as a guest lecturer to speak on behalf of the charter school movement in America in England.

Dr. Wills’ instructional leadership is deeply rooted in his philosophy of excellence and learning; “Every student will learn, given the opportunity to embrace a climate of high expectations, a committed support system, and connections to the context of the real world, the Three R’s: Learning with Relationships, Relevance, and Rigor!”

Experience

  • 2006-present

    Headmaster & C.E.O.

    Served as Headmaster and C.E.O. of Dekalb Academy of Technology & Environment Elementary & Middle Charter Schools, Inc.

  • 2000 to 2006

    Elementary School Principal

    Elementary School Principal and Principal on Special Assignment to the Superintendent with duties including opening the Early Childhood Learning Center for (CSD), implementing the (CSD) Mentoring Program, operating the (CSD) Tutoring Program, and working with the initiative of closing the achievement gap for (CSD).

  • 1994-2000

    City Schools of Decatur (CSD)

    Served as a 1st grade, 2nd grade, 5th grade, and a Special Education teacher in grades 9-12

  • Graduate Degree

    Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Clark Atlanta University

  • Specialist Degree

    Specialist Degree from Clark Atlanta University

  • Master's Degree

    Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Mercer University

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Morehouse College

  • High School

    Graduate of Lyndon Baines Johnson Science & Liberal Arts Academy High School.

  • Other Certifications

    Leadership Certificate Endorsement from University of Georgia, and Gifted Certification and Special Education Endorsements for the State of Georgia.