Indianapolis Public Schools welcomes the newest
administrator to our team, Dr. Briant Williams! Dr. Williams is an accomplished
music educator and administrator who is excited to lead Broad Ripple Magnet
High School for the Arts and Humanities beginning in the fall of 2015.
Dr. Williams served as a choral and band director in Georgia
and Tennessee, leading students to a variety of successful performances and
competitions on group and individual levels. As Choral Director at Atlanta’s
Carver School of the Arts, Dr. Williams elevated the choir program to become
school ambassadors at the district, city, and state level. He then went on to
study and practice school administration, earning his doctorate in Educational
Leadership and Administration. Dr. Williams served as an assistant principal in
Pittsburgh before moving to his current position as Assistant Principal for
Curriculum at Atlanta’s Creekside High School.
“The arts provide a very real opportunity to make a
significant impact in the intellectual and character development of our
students,” said Dr. Williams. “Arts programs provide students with exposure to
so many points of cultural awareness and sensitivity to humanness. Moreover, a
standards based, flexible curriculum taught in a meaningful rigorous
environment where strong relationships are established can produce positive
great student achievement outcomes. I have witnessed and passionately
believe in the unlimited potential for viable post-secondary
opportunities that students can acquire in the arts; and realize the
impact that urban contemporary music has on our society.”
IPS is committed to reinforcing our arts education
opportunities, ensuring all students have access to enriching and creative
outlets. As the leader of our flagship school for the arts, we look forward to
the future opportunities of our young performers under the leadership of Dr.
Williams. An accomplished pianist and vocal soloist in his own studies, Dr.
Williams knows what our Broad Ripple students will face as they look to college
and other opportunities after high school.
“I look forward to meeting and getting to know the dynamic
students, passionate faculty and parent community at Broad Ripple,” said
Dr. Williams. “I look forward to developing and enhancing partnerships and
leveraging community resources for our school… and experiencing the awesome
talent among students!”
“With a proven track record in the arts and administration,
our diverse stakeholder committee agreed Dr. Williams would be a natural fit
for Broad Ripple,” said Academic Improvement Officer Greg Newlin. “The Rockets
are an amazing group of students, staff, and families – and we’re excited to
see Dr. Williams join the community and guide them to an exciting future!”