Principal Lakeasha Williams Empowers Students in her Brooklyn Community

Brooklyn native and Principal Lakeasha Williams
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Brooklyn native and Principal Lakeasha Williams grew up in East New York and Brownsville amid the crack epidemic of the 1980s.

Education became Lakeasha’s safe haven and through her life she realized the powerful impact great schools could have on children’s lives. With over twenty years of experience as an educator of all sectors, Lakeasha is dedicated to working collaboratively with her school community; engaging all key stakeholders to meet and exceed school goals.

As a social justice educational leader and Principal of Stanley Eugene Clark School, Lakeasha recently went viral for her Brown Girls empowerment activity. Students at her Brooklyn elementary school recited an empowering poem after Kamala Harris became vice president-elect of the United States. Lakeasha’s video reached over 12,000 views cumulatively on Facebook and Twitter and gained the attention of popular media platforms such as ABC 7, WPIX11, Now Politics and many more.

Lakeasha finds that community empowerment alongside education are our greatest ways to help one another. She focuses on bridging the two together through instructional leadership, school improvement action plans, community engagement, family empowerment initiatives, and school wide compliance mandates.

She enforces her students to get involved in their communities, and to pour positivity and love into the world and into themselves. Pre-Covid, she was dedicated to hosting community, staff and family focused events and initiatives. She aims to lead by example, and show her students and the community that lending a helping hand can make all the difference.

Lakesha wants to continue making Brown girls feel seen and is currently working on completing her own children’s book series titled, "Shine On Brown Girl." She also is currently working on launching her own wellness company dedicated to educating and supporting women through all paths of in life (financial, emotional-well being, health and wellness). As a teen mom herself, Lakeasha finds it important to lift women and mothers through all stages of life.

“We take care of women, we take care of the world” - Lakesha Williams

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