Dr. Rita Williams
Visionary & Chief Executive Officer
Rita has been an educator for more than 25 years and an educational consultant since 2014. She enjoys partnering with schools and districts to provide customized professional learning that meets the specific needs of the educators in their buildings. Rita has been in numerous training sessions during which the facilitators talked ad nauseam to their attendees. She vowed F1NE-TUNE participants would receive professional development they could experience, appreciate, and quickly implement.
Rita’s doctoral research focused on African American males and the systemic structures impeding their progress. She is passionate about F1NE-TUNE providing the space for educators and parents of black male learners to collaborate on how to better meet the needs of this marginalized group.
Rita has served as a teacher, instructional coach, instructional coordinator, and assistant principal. She earned a B.S. in Mathematics Education from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, M.S in Educational Leadership from
Florida State University, and Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies from Georgia State University.
Rita lives for traveling, spending time with family and friends, karaoke, hiking, and taking care of Mackenzie, her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
Senior Executive Officer
Sonya is passionate about quality STEM education for all students. As such, she desires to F1NE-TUNE the skills of educators to better equip them to cultivate students as skilled problem-solvers who can compete in a global society.
Sonya has had the honor of being named Alabama High School Science Teacher of the Year by the Alabama Science Teachers Association. Additionally, she earned her National Board Teacher Certification (NBCT). Since then, she has mentored teachers seeking NBCT and served on the Mobile County Public School System NBCT Steering Committee.
Sonya has served as a teacher and is currently an educational specialist at the Alabama Department of Education (ALSDE) in the Alabama Math, Science, Science, and Technology Initiative (AMSTI) Department. Sonya earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Howard University and an M.Ed. in Secondary General Science Education from the University of South Alabama. Additionally, she earned a Post-Master's Certification in Educational Leadership at the University of West Alabama.
Sonya is a mother to four adult children, a GiGi to several grandchildren, and a dog mom to a long-haired Chihuahua named Mario. She enjoys cooking, entertaining her family, and serving her church.
Support Team Leader
Andrea is a veteran elementary school teacher who has been teaching for 17 years. Currently, she teaches Pre-K virtually and face-to-face in a school in Decatur, Georgia. She has a passion for being creative in the classroom by implementing great hands-on activities for her students.
Andrea is an alumnus of Albany State University. There, she earned both a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education and a Master of Education in School Counseling.
Andrea enjoys interior decorating, listening to music as well as spending time with her family and her Yorkshire Terrier, Manhattan. She also enjoys journaling and traveling.
Horace 'Pete' Williams
Pete has leadership experience in both the military and school system. He spent 24 years in the United States Navy where he served on three submarines and two surface ships. He retired as a Chief Warrant Officer Four. He then spent 20 years in education and held the titles of teacher, assistant principal, and principal.
Pete’s work experience prepared him to serve as F1NE-TUNE’s accountant. In various naval assignments, he was responsible for multi-million dollar budgets. As a principal and district-level Career, Technical and Agricultural Education Director, he managed all financial aspects of his school and department, respectively.
Pete earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Saint Leo University. Additionally, he attained both a Master of Education and an Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership from Albany State University. Pete enjoys walking, gardening, and tinkering with electronic and electrical items.
LaToya has fervently worked in education for over 10 years. From day one, the foundation of her pedagogy has centered around building relationships with her students. She emerged as a teacher leader, providing Professional Development for lesson planning and technology integration to fellow instructors. Morgan’s passion for students transcends her classroom. She has experienced teaching internationally, specifically at Ricks Institute in Virginia, Liberia.
LaToya is also passionate about building the capacity of teachers. She has facilitated and organized professional development surrounding the direct instruction of academic vocabulary, Project-Based Learning, interdisciplinary learning, and meaningful technology integration in the classroom. During her teaching career, she placed a priority on honing her skills by participating in several professional development workshops. She has participated in the Foreign Policy Association Teacher Institute, Mount Vernon Teacher Institute, College Board AP Teacher Training, the International Society for Technology Education, PBL Works, and has conducted educational research in Malawi, Africa.
Currently, LaToya is the STEAM Program Specialist at John Lewis Invictus Academy in Atlanta Public Schools. She holds a Bachelor's degree from Jackson State University (History), a Masters of Education from Mercer University-Atlanta (Secondary Education - Social Studies), and an Education Specialist from Kennesaw State University (Instructional Technology).