Meet Our Principal

Dear Dobson School Families:

My name is Khloé Williams-Lawani and it is with great pleasure and excitement that I am introducing myself as the appointed principal of the amazing James Dobson School. I am honored to have been chosen to be a part of such a wonderful school family. During my first year of principalship at Dobson in 2021, I was fortunate to be able to take some time to work with the previous principal, Dr. Szczesny to ensure a smooth transition. The strong family atmosphere between students, staff and teachers is truly admirable at Dobson School and I look forward to continuing to inspire connectedness to ensure all school community members know that they are welcome, valued and necessary.

I am a proud product of the School District of Philadelphia and arrive at Dobson School as a seasoned School District of Philadelphia educator and administrator. I hold a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Gwynedd Mercy University, Masters in Public Administration from Villanova University, Masters in Education from Saint Joseph’s University and Bachelor of Arts from Villanova University. On a personal note, I am a wife and a proud mother to a wonderful eight-year-old daughter, a bonus mother to an amazing college student, and recently, we added an energetic goldendoodle to our family.  When I see children, I see possibilities that are limitless, and I am passionate about treating each child as if they are my own.

The Dobson School community overcame many challenges during these very different times to continue the upward trajectory in student achievement by focusing on the whole child. I look forward to working with our school team to build the fundamental and 21st century learning skills of our students, including learning through the arts. I also believe that there should be joy in learning where we spark curiosity in our students and the means to investigate. We will continue to support our students’ social-emotional learning by being intentional in developing their habits in respect, empathy and integrity.

Dobson’s successes are a reflection of its “small and mighty” identity: Strong positive relationships, collaboration and shared decision-making that puts students first.  As an instructional leader, I look forward to supporting and collaborating with our teachers and staff in their continued growth and development. Equally important, I value serving as the lead learner to ensure that we are implementing the most equitable and effective systems and practices to meet the needs of our diverse learners. I am enthusiastic for our work together and look forward to our partnership and continued growth!

In Partnership,

Khloé C. Williams-Lawani, Ed.D.