Theresa Napson-Williams, Ph.D., is running for reelection to the Rose Tree Media School Board. She was first elected in 2017, and currently serves as board vice president and Human Relations chair.
Theresa brings extensive academic and practical experience to the board. She has a Ph.D. in American History from Rutgers University, N.J., and a bachelor’s degree from American University in Washington, D.C. Theresa began her teaching career at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in 2005, and since 2010 has been an associate professor of History at Montgomery County Community College. She specializes in teaching American history, African American history, and race and ethnicity. Throughout her teaching career, Theresa has focused on issues of social justice, equity, and fairness. Her lectures draw from both historical and current-day topics.
Theresa moved to the Media area 15 years ago. As a single mom of two sons, she feels her family has been embraced by the community. She values the opportunities and quality of life here. She remains committed to making sure all families and students have the same high quality education and opportunities that were afforded her children, regardless of economic status, race, or ethnicity.
As a history professor, Theresa is a critical thinker who stays abreast of current events and understands historical contexts. As a teacher, she possesses the skills necessary to not only listen to concerns but to hear what people are actually saying.
Theresa is an effective communicator who frequently speaks publicly on issues of race, diversity, and inclusion. On the school board, Theresa has shown herself to be a reasonable, accessible, and informed director who believes in accountability, fairness, and clarity. She takes a straightforward approach in interactions with the community, teachers, parents, and students. Most important, she holds the administration accountable when required and supports them when appropriate.
Theresa is running for reelection because she believes the school district needs school board members who have experience working with the administration. She believes in open and honest communication, especially regarding issues of fiscally responsibility within the district, and in addressing the health and safety concerns of students, teachers, and the community in a Covid-19 world.
Theresa leads with integrity and experience, and believes having consistent and respected leadership on the school board is more important now than ever before.