Why Williams Academy of Excellence?
We strive to reach and expand the potential of our students, and to develop confident, productive, responsible, ethical members of society who will be lifelong learners.
We achieve this by providing rigorous, student-centered, small group learning. In partnership with parents, we empower our students to meet current and future challenges by encouraging independence and a sense of responsibility for themselves. We address a range of learning styles while challenging our students to perform at their highest potential.
Rachel Williams M.Ed
Founder, Instructor and Tutor
Hi! I’m Rachel Williams, the founder of Williams Academy of Excellence, LLC. I have a B.A. in English with an emphasis in Language Arts from Grand Valley State University and a Master's of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University Nebraska. I have been tutoring and homeschooling since 2016. I enjoy working with students and helping them achieve their highest potential.
Yoga and Mindfulness Instructor
Hi! My name is Cassie Jackson. I graduated from Aurora University with my Bachelor's and Master's of Social Work. I am currently a full-time School Social Worker. Working with children is my passion. I find so much joy in interacting with, teaching, and learning from children. I have been practicing yoga for over five years and have recently studied to become a certified yoga teacher. I enjoy teaching movement and yoga and mindfulness to the students of Williams Academy of Excellence.
Art 2 Instructor
Meet John Swain! On an ongoing basis, John is a Teaching Artist through organizations that serve Chicago’s Southside Communities. John implements his love for Fine Art, Photography, and Illustration into his educational outreach. This creative work is aimed to empower youth which can shape their career paths.
My name is Randall Levi. I graduated from Western Michigan University with a BA in Elementary Education and a Masters in Ed Leadership. I currently teach 5th grade in Grand Rapids Public Schools. My passion is education and working with inner-city youth.
Hello, my name is Nicole Fape. I am a nature lover and culture enthusiast. I enjoy engaging young learners through fun, hands-on activities. I have a background in theater, music, dance, and education. I graduated from National Louis University with a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education with a Special Education endorsement.
Pre-K - Kindergarten/Art 1/Tutor
Hope Learn & Play
Hello, my name is Monique Harris (Ms. Monique to my students) and I love the littles. I graduated from Grand Valley State University with a degree in Marketing. Since graduating, I have taken additional college level courses in Early Childhood Education and obtained a Director's Credential through the State of Florida. I have been working with children and families professionally since 2014. In addition to HLP, I have owned a licensed home daycare and taught in the preschool setting. Currently, I am the Owner and Educator of Hope, Learn & Play LLC...Where play meets purpose and hope for the future.
Director of Administrative Services
Hi, my name is Keyara and I am a graduate of the University of Indianapolis. I look forward to working with you and your student behind the scenes.