Just a few weeks after McWilliams became a grandfather for the second time, the local school board approved him Monday, Dec. 10, as Creekside Middle School’s next principal.
“It’s been an exciting year,” McWilliams said. “I have a new grandchild and a new job.”
Creekside Principal Shawn Posey is moving to the district office in January to take over as superintendent of human resources and child welfare and attendance and McWilliams will take his spot at the middle school.
McWilliams, who came to the Patterson Joint Unified School District in 2008, has served as vice principal of Creekside for four and a half years.
“I’ve enjoyed my time here at Creekside,” McWilliams said Monday. “I’ve been fortunate to be able to work with a wonderful staff, administrators and especially the students and parents.”
Phil Alfano, Patterson Joint Unified School District superintendent, said McWilliams is the right person to lead the school.
“We’re excited to have Kerry take the helm at Creekside Middle School,” Alfano said. “Kerry brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position, and he has already built strong relationships with the students, staff and parents of Creekside.”
McWilliams began his career as an educator more than three decades years ago.
He graduated in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education from University of California, Davis, where he also earned single-subject teaching credentials in physical education and English and a multiple-subject teaching credential. He earned his administrative credential from National University and is finishing up a master’s degree in educational administration, also through National University.
McWilliams began teaching in 1979 at Yolo Junior High School in Newman. He taught English and sixth-grade physical education there and also taught English, health and physical education at Orestimba High School in Newman until 2008.
He coached volleyball at Yolo and girls basketball and boys baseball at Orestimba throughout his 29 years in the Newman district, in addition to serving as director of athletics at Orestimba High for 12 years.
McWilliams, of Newman, was elected in 2009 as a trustee of the Newman-Crows Landing Unified School District. He also serves as a commissioner of the Western Athletic Conference in the California Interscholastic Federation’s Sacramento-Joaquin Section.
His wife, Kathy McWilliams, teaches fifth grade in the Newman-Crows Landing School District. The couple has two children and two grandchildren.
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