Congratulations to our Alaska Secondary School Principal of the Year Cessilye Williams from Clark Middle School in Anchorage. Cessilye has been a principal for 15 years, the past 13 at Clark.

As Cessilye stated in her application, Clark Middle School is in one of Anchorage's most culturally diverse neighborhoods with a population that speaks over 50 different languages. Clark is a school with the "most." We have the highest number of minority students, the highest number of special education students, the highest number of students on free and reduced lunch, the highest number of single parent households, the largest number of foreign languages spoken, the highest number of refugee students, the highest number of students who are monolingual, and most importantly the highest number of student achievers.

Every student enrolled in Clark brings a unique set of talents that our instructional team works diligently to recognize, support and highlight. Recognizing the talents of each student and staff has been the driving force of my leadership role at Clark Middle School. I am incredibly proud to be the principal leading Clark in our journey from good to GREAT.



As one of her teachers said about her, Mrs. Williams is all about professional development and empowering her staff. And according to one of her students, Everybody loves her. She is always in the hall making sure that we are in class on time and she always tells every student good morning. Cessilye is now in the running for the NASSP National Principal of the Year. Congratulations Cessilye and good luck! And special thanks to the other Alaska principals who applied. You're all doing an awesome job!

UAA College of Business and Public Policy (CBPP)
CBPP congratulates Cessilye Williams, principal of Clark Middle School in Anchorage, for being named the Alaska Secondary School Principal of the Year by the Alaska Association of Secondary School Principals. Principal Williams has served as a principal for fifteen years, thirteen of which have been at Clark Middle School.

The CBPP Leadership Fellows Juniors Program is an example of how Principal Williams goes the extra mile to encourage and support the growth and development of her students. She worked closely with CBPP Professor Terry Nelson to develop and support the Leadership Fellows Juniors Program, which involved seventeen Clark Middle School eighth graders. The students were mentored by CBPP faculty, UAA staff and the CBPP Leadership Fellows. The Leadership Fellows Juniors attended six 2-hour leadership building skill classes and completed a community engagement project during the spring 2015 semester.


Clark 8th grade graduates from CBPP program 04/17/15

According to Principal Williams, Clark Middle School is in one of Anchorage's most culturally diverse neighborhoods. Clark Middle School has the highest number of minority students, special education students, and the highest number of student achievers. As Alaska's Principal of the year Principal Williams is also a nominee for the National Association of Secondary School Principals National Principal of the Year which will be announced in the fall.