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A look back at the 2019 Teacher of the Year

Williams is described by administration as an exceptional teacher and highly respected colleague. 

“Each day, during class, Mrs. Williams delivers rigorous and relevant content to her students,” said Kenna Aagard, GHS principal. “She listens to students and helps them strive for academic excellence.”

Aagard said Williams is respected by students, staff and parents because of her positive personality, approachable demeanor, and passion for helping students to be successful.

“Mrs. Williams makes class fun. Math isn’t my favorite subject, but she finds a way to make it more enjoyable,” said Tyler Denson, current math student of Williams.

Tyler’s older brother, Ian, who was also taught by Williams, agreed. “She’s a great teacher. She explains things in a way that students can understand.”   

Although Williams has worked in the education field for eight years, she has had an interest in teaching since she was a child. Both she and her sister shared the dream of one day becoming educators. Their father even put up chalkboards in the basement for them to practice their skills.

For the past six years, Williams has been a math teacher at GHS. She currently teaches Math 1 and 2, college prep, pre-calculus, and American College Testing (ACT) prep. Prior to finishing her teaching degree in secondary math from Utah State University, she helped students in the subjects of English and math while serving as an AmeriCorps Aide at Middle Canyon Elementary. 

Students are what makes Williams likes her job the most. 

“With their personalities, you never know what you are going to get. Each day is different,” said Williams.

When Williams found out she had been chosen as Certified Employee of the Year she was shocked.

“I am still a fairly new teacher and I felt there were more qualified teachers, but I was flattered.”

When asked how she made it to this point in her life she summed it up with one word, “perseverance.”

Williams believes she is successful because she is passionate about trying. During her own time in high school, she thought she was terrible at math but now she loves it. She appreciates that math offers consistency and answers.

“Math is a difficult subject and I work very hard,” said Williams. “I tell my kids to not be afraid of making mistakes because it means they are trying.”

In addition to her teaching duties at GHS, she is also an adjunct professor at USU-Tooele Campus, a National Honor Society advisor, prevention coordinator, Junior Class Prom advisor and part of the GHS Building Leadership Team.

Although she has a busy schedule, she strives to always make time for her family.

Williams and her husband have two daughters and a son, three grandkids with one more on the way.