Assistant Superintendent | West San Gabriel Valley (WSGV) | Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA)
Massachusettes Site | USA
Jacque Williams is the Assistant Superintendent of the West San Gabriel Valley (WSGV) Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) located in in Los Angeles County, California. She is one of three SELPA Administrators awarded the SELPA System Improvement Lead (SIL) Grant. This 30-million-dollar five year grant aims to build capacity of SELPAs statewide through training and supporting the use of data best practices, as well as evidence-based practices in root cause analyses, systems alignment, and coherence. The SIL Team joined the Californian State System of Support to support all Local Education Agencies (LEAs) in improving outcomes for all Students.
Jacque started her career in the field of education in March 2006 as a School Psychologist at Silver Valley USD. She subsequently held positions as the Director of Student Services for Bear Valley USD, Program Manager for Desert Mountain SELPA, Director of Special Education at Torrance USD and was selected as the Assistant Superintendent for WSGV SELPA in 2014. The WSGV SELPA is consortium of 14 member Districts serving approximately 8,100 students with disabilities.
Prior to her career in education, Jacque worked in the fast food industry, as a plumber’s helper building laundry mats, a food server, reconditioned dumpsters and a few other interesting occupations. After dropping out of high school Jacque passed the GED when she was 18. Seventeen years later she became a first generation college student when she enrolled in Chaffey Community College, later transferring to California State University, San Bernardino where she was selected as the School of Behavioral Sciences Outstanding Undergraduate, 2003, as well as earning a BA in Psychology and a BA in Human Development. She then attended the University of California, Riverside and was awarded a full scholarship, earned her MA in School Psychology, and subsequently completed the required coursework for a Ph.D. in Education. She is currently completing her Doctorate dissertation. Jacque is married, the proud parent of two beautiful grown daughters, grandmother to an amazing and talented 13-year-old human, Yaya/mom to a very special 11-year-old boy and is honored to be a member of the Choctaw Tribe of Muskogee Oklahoma, Chahta Achvffa (One Choctaw).
By participating in the Compassionate Systems Master Practitioners program, Jacque hopes to bring Compassionate Systems awareness to Special Education Administrators in California with a vision to see a systemic change in the way we support children with disabilities and their families.