Former Mount Carmel principal Sandra Williams came out of retirement to lead the school she had headed for five of her 30 years as an educator.
Williams, who was known by many children at the school as “Mrs. Dr. Williams,” said she was humbled and honored to return to the school she led from 2002 to 2007.
“As to my return,” she said, “I can’t help but think repeatedly how grateful I am to be able to come back and help out.”
Williams said the entire situation regarding Principal John McGill caught her by surprise.
The school system suspended McGill earlier this month after he was charged as part of a Georgia Bureau of Investigation sting involving alleged solicitation of sex with minors.
The charges included electronic pornography and violation of the Child Exploitation Prevention Act, CNN reported.
After the suspension, Douglas County Schools associate superintendent of instruction and student affairs Pam Nail asked Williams to return to her old job.
Williams said Nail asked for a quick response and, after praying about the situation and talking with her husband who is also a retired Douglas educator, she decided returning was the best course of action.
As to how long she will be in the position, Williams said she would stay “for as long as they need me.”
Backed by what she termed an outstanding staff at Mt. Carmel, Williams said the school would continue to prepare students for the standardized Criterion-Referenced Competency Test, or CRCT.
One of her first orders of business was to visit each classroom in the school on her first day in an effort to let the children see her and know who she was so they would be more comfortable “with a new face.”
Williams thanked school parents for their support of the school and staff members.
As to her education philosophy, Williams said every student is gifted in some way.
“We have to know these children, their educational skills and background because a strong education background lays the foundation for future success,” she said.