Darryl Willie is the new School Board member representing District 4 in the Northside.
Darryl Willie is a proud military brat that has lived around the country and attended both low and high performing public schools. He has used the education he was afforded to work passionately for students for the past 15 years. He comes from a family of educators and deeply understands the value and potential of high quality public education. As a former teacher he has taught at both k-12 and university settings. He knows what it takes to prepare our students to be successful on various levels.
In his current role he recruits, selects and trains new teachers and education leaders for title I schools here in Duval County. His local “on the ground” experience has allowed him to partner with DCPS Human Resources and certification staff, Principals, DTU, parents, Veteran Teachers and other invaluable community and school based partners.
Darryl has past and present experience with boards and board governance. Darryl serves on several local boards and has served on advisory boards for university presidents at two institutions. He is involved in our community, Mentor at Ribault High School, Northwest Jacksonville Community Development Corporation Board Member, Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens Board Member, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc and 100 Black Men of Jacksonville.
His work has not gone unnoticed as he was recognized as a Jacksonville Non-Profit Emerging leader, Leadership Jacksonville class of 2016, Leadership Florida Education Class of 2017 and a Jacksonville Business Journal top 40 under 40.
Why School Board?
Darryl believes in the brilliance of every student that steps into classrooms in our city. This belief drives his actions and decisions. The students of district 4 need someone who believes in their potential and that can balance urgency and long-term vision to ensure we are getting it right for today & for tomorrow. We need accountability, innovation/vocation, intentionality and collaboration.
These pillars will lead to a focused and balanced approach to the board position. Having a critical decision maker that can use classroom/school context as well as a state and nationwide perspective will be the catalyst for increased student achievement in district 4 and the entire county.
Darryl welcomes the opportunity to sit down and/or visit to talk about his head and his heart and how both are aligned to drive success for our students and families.
Darryl and his family live in the Turtle Creek area on the Northside. Darryl is madly in love with his wife and his 3 young daughters, the oldest will be starting school next year.