Featured Member: Dr. E’Toyare McDonald-Williams
Commitment to Teaching & Working with Youth
I always wanted to be an Educator and am passionate about working with young people. I received my Doctorate from Chicago State University in Educational Leadership and Administration. I have also received two Masters Degrees in Business and Special Education.
I taught in Chicago Public Schools for five years and in the Thornton Township District 205 for over 10 years. I currently work as the TAG Coordinator with the Dallas ISD.
Connecting with Students, Teachers and Parents
In my current role, I work primarily with gifted and talented students. It is my responsibility to ensure students are properly identified so they may receive the appropriate services. In addition to my working closely with the students, I also interact directly with classroom teachers and other administrators, and am in regular contact with parents and community leaders. My responsibilities are many, from collaborating and mentoring to testing and evaluating to keeping everyone engaged.
My past role as Director of Student Activities for District 205 will never leave me. I developed positive relations with the students. I became a mentor to many students and we still keep in touch after leaving high school.
Staying in Touch
The most rewarding part of my career is the interaction with and involvement of students. When I worked in high school, former students always came back to visit or find a way to keep in touch. I have watched my mentees grow into positions and careers and I look forward to my first year in elementary school!
Teaching continues to be an important part of my life and in the future, I plan to continue research for the betterment of my community.
Always Follow Your Passion
Do not give up on your goals and aspirations. We ALL have a story! Do NOT let your story define you. Turn your story into purpose and turn your purpose into passion. My passion is helping out youth and breaking generational curses. I teach for a purpose and to impact your youth because they are our future!
I am looking forward to the engagement and interaction with a group of powerful women that has made an impact. As I launch my new business, “Be VicTORIEus with Dr. Torie,” IAW is a great networking platform that I plan to use. I will get the chance to work and educate others in various ways. The workshops and the connections with other IAW members will be a great benefit as I continue to make a positive impact in the community. Thank you IAW for this wonderful opportunity!