Michele Williams has been a lifelong educator, recently retiring from the position of principal at St. Joseph Grade School in Toms River. She began her career in education in 1972 after graduating from Jersey City State College with a BA in elementary education. She was an elementary school teacher in Jersey City for just four years at St. Mary Elementary School before rising to the position of assistant principal at that same school.
In 1989, Michele relocated to Toms River and began substituting in our school district. She also became affiliated with St. Justin the Martyr Church on Fischer Boulevard where she became the director of religious education for six years. There, she treated the program like a school setting where she developed a curriculum of religious studies for a parish community of 1,500 children.
She transitioned back to school administrator in 1999 when she was named principal of St. Aloysius Elementary School in Jackson. Under her guidance, the then pre-K to 5th grade school transitioned to incorporate grades 6-8. In 2003, she was named principal at St. Joe’s and remained there until retirement in 2017. While at St. Joe’s, she greatly expanded the school’s technology and performing arts programs while advancing the educational programs of the school as well.
Michele received a MA in administration and supervision from Seton Hall University in 2001 and in 2004 she completed a second MA in theology and ministry from LaSalle University. Through the years, she has been asked to serve on many committees and present at many conferences and workshops. A few of those include the Principals Advisory Council and the Teacher Evaluation Revision Committee. Other activities have included serving as a member of an AdvancEd School Evaluation Team, being the advisor to the Diocesan PTA president, and representing NJ and PA on the NCEA Board of the Department of Elementary School Executive Committee.