Q&A with Polly Williams, our new Director of Admission

Polly Williams
 
by Maddie Spencer, Marketing Intern

 

Polly Williams joined Trinity this summer as our new Director of Admission. Originally from Amarillo, Texas, she attended Emory University in Atlanta, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Educational Studies. Polly taught in Atlanta for a few years after college then moved to Dallas for two years. After transferring back to Atlanta, she received her Master's degree in Educational Leadership from Georgia State University. She has since gained many years of experience in the education field and is looking forward to joining the Trinity family.

Q: How has your experience in education prepared you for your new role as Director of Admission?

A: I've been a teacher and taught in most of the grade levels included in an elementary division plus Pre-K and fifth grade. My favorite grade to teach is first grade. I have a special passion for and expertise in reading development, which is typically a big focus for first graders. I also worked as an admissions director for two different schools in Atlanta for almost a decade and spent seven years as the Lower School Division Head at a Pre-K through 12 school in Atlanta.

I am able to bring my previous experience with admissions and my knowledge of teaching and learning to my new admissions position. I am also a parent of two sons, so I can relate to parents and what they might be seeking for their children in terms of an educational experience.

Q: What is your favorite part about working in education?

A: I LOVE children and will always gravitate to them. I look forward to finding ways to connect with the young people at Trinity. I also enjoy the diagnostic part of education, really working to understand how individuals think and what makes them tick.

Q: What originally drew you to Trinity?

A: The School is rather a family affair. My niece and nephews attended Trinity, so I have heard about their positive experiences at the school for years.  

I also visited Trinity a few years ago as part of a NAIS program, and the place instantly felt like home to me.

Q: What are you most excited about at Trinity?

A: The people I have met seem terrific! I look forward to getting to know such a dedicated and enthusiastic group of people.

Q: What does Trinity's motto of "Each Child, Each Day" mean to you?

A: It is so very important for each and every child to be known in a community and for everyone to understand that each child's positive progress develops over time and is the culmination of consistent, careful, kind, creative, and just right experiences.

Q: What advice do you have for students and families having to make big adjustments this fall?

A: It is important to remember that this situation is temporary and will end. This time reminds me a little of parenting an infant, a period of time which typically includes lots of added responsibilities, anxiety and worry, and it seems like it will last forever. In reality, babyhood is such a short blip in years spent as a parent.

Also, there are always silver linings in troubling experiences. I would encourage families to stay positive and remember the old adage, "when life gives you lemons, make lemonade."

Polly with her husband and two sons.