The Walker School announced Derrick Williams as the school’s new Director of Human Resources.
According to Walker’s Head of School Jack Hall, Williams will work to strengthen the human resources processes that relate to talent recruitment and acquisition for Walker, metro Atlanta’s top independent school for Early Learners through 12th grade. Williams’ key responsibilities are to foster positive employee relations, develop and oversee on-boarding process for new faculty and staff. He will also provide training for school leadership, develop soft skills training for all Walker employees, and serve as an ambassador of the Walker culture and employee engagement.
Williams has extensive experience in human resources, school administration and teaching, having worked for Gwinnett County Public Schools, Clayton County Public Schools, Jonesboro High School, John Hope College Preparatory High School and most recently Clark Atlanta University.
“I would like to utilize my skills in human resources and educational administration to assist teachers and ensure that students receive a quality education,” Williams stated.
This summer, Walker conducted an international search to fill the Director of Human Resources position, receiving over 140 applications. The search committee was comprised of Head of School Jack Hall, CFO Christie Holman, Board Chair and Walker parent Glenn Shaw, HR Coordinator Linda Jahnig, HR Professional and Walker parent Caron Cone, Associate Director of Admission and former employment law attorney Rebecca Condon and HR Consultant Sunny Franklin.
Head of School Jack Hall, speaking for the search committee, said, “Derrick brings a wealth of experience with him to Walker in elementary, middle and high school classrooms, college classrooms, administration and human resources management that will make him extremely successful as the Director of Human Resources at The Walker School. I am grateful to the members of the search committee who enthusiastically endorsed Derrick Williams as the new Director of Human Resources.”
Williams holds a Doctor of Education in educational leadership and supervision from Clark Atlanta University, a Master of Science in administration and supervision from Governors State University and a Bachelor of Science in elementary education from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.