Born in New Orleans, Antoinette was the valedictorian of her graduating class at McDonogh #35 High School. Antoinette was a stellar student at McDonogh #35 High School, she spearheaded initiatives that forged connections between the students and the Alumni Association. Antoinette’s education advocacy work began as a high school student. She was later elected President of the Student Council.
As a student at Xavier University of Louisiana, she was a recipient of the prestigious Norman C. Francis Scholarship. Antoinette chose Political Science as her major and Education as her minor. She was selected to participate in an undergraduate exchange program in the United Kingdom at London South Bank University. Antoinette is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She was the vice-president of the Pre-Law Club at Xavier University, an XU Global Ambassador, inducted as freshman into the Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society, and a member of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity.
While completing her studies at Xavier University, Antoinette continued to engage both her campus community and the District 5 community through Habitat for Humanity and projects through the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Epsilon Tau Chapter.
After completing her undergraduate coursework in London, Antoinette returned home and continued her advocacy on behalf of students and parents of New Orleans schools. She listened to their concerns and realized their voices – especially the voices of the students – were not being heard or heeded by policy makers. Wanting to represent the voices of the unheard in New Orleans’ education policy, Antoinette offered herself for public service – to advocate for those unheard voices.
Antoinette Williams, a democrat, qualified as a candidate for the Orleans Parish School Board, District 5 – becoming the youngest candidate to seek elected office to the OPSB.
In a statement to supporters, Antoinette said:
“Our students need someone at the table, when decisions are made, who is qualified and can also empathize with their learning needs and personal experiences.”
Why I'm Running
With the current political climate of the country as well as the ongoing pandemic, major decisions need to be made around issues such as diversity and inclusion and distant learning. My experience with diverse communities and currently enduring school through COVID -19 makes me qualified to address both concerns. Our students need someone at the table when these decisions are being made who is not only qualified but can empathize with their valid emotions and experiences. The only way to ensure positive and lasting change is to include the people being impacted in the conversation. Our students are the most important stakeholders, yet the least consulted with when decisions are being made about them. It is impossible to speak on behalf of someone you have never spoken with. I will bring the voice of the student to the table as their delegate. Now is the time for innovative thinking and groundbreaking planning.
As your School Board Member, I will:
Foster continued communication with OPSB students to increase the insight of policymakers and establish trust with students, parents, faculty and administration;
hold charter management organizations accountable for equitable, safe, and engaging learning environments that prioritize student achievement;
increase oversight of funding to ensure all student populations receive equitable resources, staff, and opportunities; and
promote programming that supports the development of college preparedness and career readiness.
The most effective way to make sure each and every one of our students is successful is to leverage constructive partnerships between major stakeholders such as teachers, parents, and community members. Our teachers must get the resources and training needed to adequately serve our students in new virtual classrooms. Our parents must have what they need to support their kids during this trying time.
I hope to earn your support and your vote on November 3rd to make each of these aspirations a reality for our students.