Williams credits his third-grade teacher for influencing him with her passion for education. It shaped the direction his career would eventually take.
Williams was driven as a young boy to work hard, and that hard work paid off. He was the Valedictorian of his high school class in Denmark, S.C. He credits that to the support and motivation that came from his parents.
Also, Williams’ participation in the Call Me Mister program is what he said was most influential in him finishing his undergraduate work in education.
Call Me M.I.S.T.E.R. (Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models) is an initiative to increase the pool of available teachers from a broader and more diverse background, particularly among the state's lowest performing elementary schools.
Williams’ style of teaching is unique. He finds extra resources for learning and is motivated to keep everything fresh and relevant.
I allow students to redo assignments and give them a deadline of more than just one day,” said Williams. “I also offer additional help as needed because I want them to be as successful as they want to be.”
Williams acknowledges the need to attract more male teachers to the profession.
Male educators do seem to have great relationships with their students and those relationships span the subject they teach to life experiences,” said Williams.
Williams has taught varying groups of students at both traditional and magnet schools.
“It’s always a different and challenging experrience to change course but great at the same time,” Williams said. ”Through the years I’ve learned more instructional strategies, and I’m continuously making sure I am keeping up with best practices.”
Williams and his team at West Ashley ASM take learning outside of the classroom by providing field trips and extra opportunities to learn.
“Every year we go in fresh by starting over and focusing on what’s best for our students,” explained Williams. “I am here for a purpose, and if we can all strive to be better in some way, work as a team, and be respectful, there is nothing we can’t accomplish.”