A former third grade teacher turned professor, Ereka R. Williams, Ph.D. is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at North Carolina A&T State University. She coordinates graduate and undergraduate programs in Elementary Education for the University. She is a native North Carolinian and recently became a mother to a son, Oliver Wallace.
Dr. Williams’ past and present research has focused on issues of equity and access as it relates to parents of color, teachers of color and learners who have been historically and currently disenfranchised. Currently she is analyzing data on the beginning African American teacher and the specific issues they face as they enter the teaching profession.
Dr. Williams is an active member of the American Education Research Association, the National Council for Social Studies, and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. She received her BS in Elementary Education/Speech Theatre and MA in Special Education from Fayetteville State University and earned the Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction-Teacher Education from the University of North Carolina.
“I take my role as teacher-leader seriously…not only because I enjoy what I do…but because there are lives on the line.”