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Lyle Williams Appointed as GMS Principal


Grenada Middle School has a new management team in place for the 2011-2012 school year.  Lyle Williams, former GMS assistant principal, has been appointed as the new principal.  New assistant principals are also in place, Raleigh Woods, former assistant principal at GES, and Tina Herrington, former teacher at Tie Plant Schoo.l

Williams has been an integral part of the advances that have taken place within Grenada Middle School and he intends to build upon that progress.  “When I served as assistant principal at GMS,” describes Williams, “we cut the discipline referrals in half and moved our school from a State designation as a successful school, to a State label of a high performing school.”

One of Williams’ main goals is to provide leadership to enable the Middle School to continue to improve.  He states, “Our success has been a direct reflection of our staff, students, and community.  As principal, I will assist the teachers with instruction, materials, and classroom management.”

He also plans to encourage teachers to share best practices, to reward students for improving or scoring well on the MCT2 tests, and to recognize students for high achievement on Awards’ Day at the end of the year.  GMS will implement PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) a system that enables more comm
unication with students about expected behaviors and rewards good behavior.  GMS will reward students by having t-shirt days, breaks, drawings for prized, and field days.  Williams defines his plans, “I want GMS to be a place where students and staff look forward to coming to school everyday.  Also, I want GMS to be a school that everyone is proud of and is known as one of the best schools in the State.”

Williams has developed a vision for GMS that defines his educational philosophy.  He says, “My vision is for GMS to provide the best possible education for all students so that they will prepared for their high school years and beyond.  I believe that: 1.  All students can learn, 2. The safety of our students and staff is the most important issue, 3. School is a place where learning and teaching take place everyday, and 4. Students need to be involved ith extra curricular activities.”

Williams obtained his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in math education from Mississippi State University and has received a Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Mississippi.  He taught 3.5 years at Quitman High School and 13 years at Grenada High School.  Williams taught A.P. Calculus in which his students scored above the national average on the A.P. test.  When he served as the Mu Alpha Theta sponsor at GHS, his Geometry Team won the Mississippi School of Math and Science Tournament.  He also coached the tennis team for two years at Quitman and six years at Grenada with GHS placing 2nd in the State in 2003.   He is married to Debbie Wiliams, and they have two children, Haley, 10, and Brandon, 7.

Intensive planning, consistent attention to defined objectives, and diligent supervision characterize the attributes of the GMS management staff.  GSD looks forward to the continued progress of Grenada Middle school with the new administration team
Lyle Williams and Tina Herrinton