King Middle School Selects New Principal

Marian Williams will lead the school, coming from Memphis where she led middle school transformation in a district partnership.

April 27, 2022 (Beaumont, TX) -- Green Dot Public Schools Southeast Texas is pleased to announce the selection of Marian Williams to be the school’s new Principal. Ms. Williams most recently served within the Green Dot network as Principal for Kirby Middle School in Memphis, TN. She was selected through a competitive process that included input from the community of stakeholders at King Middle School including teachers, staff, and regional leadership. She will begin her new role with King in June 2022.

Prior to serving as Principal, Ms. Williams was a teacher leader for a high-performing charter school, served in operations and teacher coaching with Teach For America (TFA), & excelled as a school leader with various charter schools at the Middle and High School Levels.  She has been recognized as an award-winning principal (Principal of the Year, 2020) and has taken Kirby Middle School from having performance in the bottom 5% of schools in the state of TN to becoming an award-winning Middle School in the city of Memphis (Spark Awards, 2021), being recognized for dramatic improvements according to various school culture and academic performance metrics.

“I am thrilled to be joining this community,” said Ms. Williams. “I am looking forward to supporting middle schoolers here with the same passion I bring to my current school now. I’m looking forward to growing our students’ academic success together with our whole community.” 

“We are thrilled to welcome Marian to Beaumont. She has been a middle school principal with Green Dot as part of a similar transformation initiative and her students and staff have thrived under her leadership.” said Chris “Cliff” Claflin, Executive Director of Green Dot Public Schools Southeast Texas. “We can’t wait to see the great things to come from her leadership at King Middle School.” 

“We are excited to welcome Ms. Williams as the new leader at King Middle School,” states Anetra Cheatham, BISD Chief Innovation Officer. “We are impressed with Ms. Williams’ track record of improved outcomes for students and enthusiasm for the work ahead.  We look forward to an outstanding partnership and great opportunities for our students.”

Green Dot is partnered with the Beaumont Independent School District to improve Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School under state standards. Green Dot currently operates six turnaround schools in Los Angeles and Memphis.


Green Dot Public Schools is a national charter school network of 25 Title I middle and high public schools in Tennessee, Texas, and California that are purposefully located in the highest-need communities. Our mission is to transform the landscape of public education so all students graduate prepared for college, leadership, and life.