Message from the C.E.O.
Dear (D.A.T.E.) Parents and Students,
This year, D.A.T.E.’s faculty, staff, and administration will continue to make an unprecedented effort to reclaim excellence in education, provide educational opportunities for all, and enhance authentic engagement of learning. What does this mean for the D.A.T.E. family? This means that our faculty, staff, and administrators will be committed to ensuring that a quality education, respect for education, and a tolerance for compassion and individuality will be strongly enforced. We are reclaiming our right to have superb learning experiences and I hope you all join me in Reclaiming D.A.T.E.
What to Expect:
- Enhanced teacher - student relationships Enhanced parent - teacher relationships Enhanced communication
- Increasing authentic engagement of classroom teaching and learning Increasing standards of teaching and learning
- Increasing accountability
- Zero Tolerance for disruption, disrespect, and lack of interest in classroom for teachers and students
- Celebration of respect, success, and individuality
D.A.T.E.’s Faculty, Staff, and I are all elated to begin another illustrious school year with you. Many great accolades have been bestowed upon the Academy since its inception in 2005. These accolades are all a part of the collective efforts of our stakeholders: students, parents, faculty and staff, the community, and other constituencies involved in the educational processes at D.A.T.E. As we continue to provide exceptional educational experiences for all of our stakeholders, I hope you will join us in all of the unique opportunities that are available to improve the quality of education at D.A.T.E.
Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Clark Atlanta University
Specialist Degree from Clark Atlanta University
Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education from Mercer University
Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Morehouse College
Leadership Certificate Endorsement from University of Georgia
Gifted Certification and Special Education Endorsements for the State of Georgia
Graduate of Lyndon Baines Johnson Science & Liberal Arts Academy High School
From 1994 until 2000, he was a teacher with the City Schools of Decatur (CSD) in Decatur, GA serving as a 1st grade, 2nd grade, 5th grade, and a Special Education teacher in grades 9-12;
From 2000 to 2006, he served as an Elementary School Principal and Principal on Special Assignment to the Superintendent with duties including, opening the Early Childhood Learning Center for (CSD), implementing the (CSD) Mentoring Program, operating the (CSD) Tutoring Program, and working with the initiative of closing the achievement gap for (CSD).
About Dr. Wills
Dr. Wills is a native of Austin, Texas. Dr. Wills’ skills as an educator and educational administrator have developed throughout a successful career in various fields of education.
With a solid background in educational research and evaluation, Dr. Wills has also served as a consultant to, or member of, numerous educational organizations and initiatives including, Mercer University Educational Study Panel, William Fulbright Scholar Program, Georgia Association of Educators, Association of Curriculum and Instruction, and Association of Supervision and Instruction. He has also received numerous awards and honors including, Extra Mile Award Teacher of the Year, Administrator of the Year, Atlanta Constitution and Journal Teacher of the Year Recipient. Dr. Wills was also honored as a William Fulbright Memorial Fund Scholar Recipient having the opportunity to study abroad in Japan, which he was only one of two Georgians selected for this prestigious honor. Recently, Dr. Wills has been invited as a guest lecturer to speak on behalf of the charter school movement in America in England.
Dr. Wills’ instructional leadership is deeply rooted in his philosophy of excellence and learning; “Every student will learn, given the opportunity to embrace a climate of high expectations, a committed support system, and connections to the context of the real world, the Three R’s: Learning with Relationships, Relevance, and Rigor!”