Dr. Zella Williams
(Board term expires 2022)
Phone: 314-953-5203 ext. 40003
I believe that the number one mission of a school district is student achievement. I further believe that to meet that goal, the school board must ensure that an environment conducive to teaching and learning exists throughout the District.
I retired from the Hazelwood School District in 2008 after 38 years in education and 31 years of service to the District. While in the District, I served as a classroom teacher, counselor, administrative intern, assistant principal, principal, and five years as Assistant Superintendent for Accountability. Since retirement, I have served as a mentor/administrator in charge at various schools in the Hazelwood School District and other Districts, as well. I worked tirelessly to understand students, to support them, and to keep them safe, always striving to provide them with fair treatment and an environment conducive to teaching and learning. As a principal, I initiated a mentoring program for struggling students in my school and invited every positive role model that I knew to become buddies to those students. Some of my accomplishments as assistant superintendent included organizing full-day kindergarten, developing a new elementary report card, directing elementary programming and discipline procedures, and assisting in the opening of four new middle schools in the 2007-08 school year.
Prior to my career in the Hazelwood School District, I taught for six years at Our Lady of the Angels in Kinloch, MO. I also served for one year as Assistant Director of St. Martin’s Childcare, located in Kinloch at that time.
I have mentored countless educators, showing them by example how to develop relationships with each other, staff, students, parents, and the community at large. I felt that it was necessary for staff to respect and collaborate with each in order to love students and meet their needs. Whatever my position, I believed that an excellent teacher was invaluable, and that parent and community involvement were critical components in educating students. I hold students, staff, parents, and community leaders in high esteem, considering it a privilege to serve and work with them.
I served as a member of the Board of Education of Special School District of St. Louis County for eight years (2009-2017). I became a member of the Board of Trustees of St. Louis Christian College in 2011, serving for three years. I have served as President of the Florissant Valley Kiwanis, whose mission is “Serving the Children of the World.” I am also a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, whose mission is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.
My husband, Will, and I have lived in the Hazelwood School District since 1985. We are members of Halls Ferry Christian Church, where I am a Sunday School Teacher. Will and I have three grown sons who graduated from Central High School in the Hazelwood School District. Seven of our nine grandchildren living in the area attend schools in the District.
Among my awards recognizing my service in education are as follows:
- North County Churches For Racial Harmony And Justice Education Award (2012)
- Professional Organization of Women, Inc. (POW) 2007 Woman of Distinction Award
- The St. Louis American 2006 Salute to Excellence Award
- Apple Teaching Award, Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. (2004)
- Yes, I Can Award, Louis Sentinel Newspaper (2002)
- Named Boss of the Year by Working Women’s Survival Organization (2002)
- Middle School Counselor of the Year – St. Louis Suburban School Counselors’ Association (1996)
- Keeven Elementary School Teacher of the Year – Hazelwood School District (1987)