Melinda Faye Williams is native of Thomaston, Georgia. She earned a bachelors degree in human services, a masters degree in educational leadership, and a specialist degree in education leadership. She also holds certificates as a teacher support specialist and dropout prevention specialist. She began her career as a middle school teacher where she taught language arts, career, and social skills courses. Melinda’s compassion and desire to empower students led her to the position to become a director of a nontraditional evening school. Over the past several years, Melinda has presented to youth groups, business, state conferences, and community organizations.