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Principal Tanya Williams makes Orange Observer's Influencer of the Week

Principal Tanya Williams makes Orange Observer's Influencer of the Week

Monday, 13 November 2023 11:20

This article appeared in Orange Observer November 11, 2023.

Tanya Williams is the principal at Crenshaw Academy. Williams’ duties range from college counseling, to discipline, to teacher training and everything in between. Head of School Brenda Crenshaw said the kids at the school love Williams, and she is an encourager who works closely with all the students.

What brought you to your school?  

I was looking for a full-time teaching position after having gone part-time with the birth of my first child. 

What do you love most about your school?  

Our students, of course!

What is the most rewarding part of your job?  

Being able to see progress with a student.

What would you be if you weren’t in this profession?   

Probably an accountant.

Who influences you?  

Brenda Crenshaw. She has trained me as a member of our administration team. In addition to Brenda, I absolutely love the ideology of Dr. Brad Johnson, an education and leadership motivational speaker.

 Who was your favorite teacher when you were in school? Why?  

While math has always been my favorite subject, my high school Spanish teacher was my favorite. She gave me the opportunity to go to Spain and taught me how to speak the language fluently. In addition, she took interest in me outside of her subject area. I was an active member of her two clubs, Spanish Club and Environmental Club. I will never forget her.

What is your favorite children’s book and why?  

“Winnie the Pooh,” because I love the relationship between Pooh and Piglet.

If you could dine with any famous person, past or present, who would it be and why?  

Maya Angelou. I was able to study her in college, and I just fell in love with her writing and thoughts.

What do you like to do in your spare time?  

I like to learn new crafts. I am never good at them, but I love the learning process.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?  

To be invisible, because it provides a level of anonymity.

If you could only listen to three bands or artists, who would they be and why?  

Taylor Swift, because I am a total Swiftie! I also love Billy Joel and Sting!

What was your go-to lunch and favorite snack as an elementary student?  

Tuna fish sandwich in my Strawberry Shortcake lunchbox. I had it so much that I can no longer eat tuna!

What is your favorite holiday and why?  

Thanksgiving. I love being surrounded by people I love.

Who was your best friend when you were in school and why? Are you still in touch?

I lived in Connecticut. Her name was Stacia. Yes, (we are still in touch) but only through Facebook. 

What were your extracurricular activities as a student? Did you win any accolades or honors?

I was in band, Spanish club and environmental club. I won first place in the archery contest — ha!