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Allison Williams

Jan 09, 2018 04:17PM ● By Caley Breese

Photo by Tony Lewis, Jr.

St. Vincent Pallotti High School, Laurel

Years Teaching Overall: 10

Years Teaching at St. Vincent Pallotti:

Currently teaching: 
10th grade General Biology; 11th grade General Chemistry; 12th grade AP Environmental Science

Proudest teaching moment:
“My proudest teaching moments are when I catch my students demonstrating compassion toward one another when they do not realize someone is watching them. It never ceases to amaze me how willing my students are to step up and help out a fellow classmate who may be struggling with an assignment or other factors beyond the walls of our classroom. I see students take time to help each other succeed, rather than continuously compete against each other. In those moments I am incredibly proud of my students for putting others before themselves. This is a lesson that will serve them well in all endeavors.”

Teaching Philosophy:
“Every student can be successful provided they are given the correct set of tools. I design my instruction to incorporate personal reflections that allow the students to self-identify what does and does not work for their unique learning needs. The consistent checking in through reflection ensures each student provides a narrative feedback in addition to feedback received from assignments. Together we can hone in on the tools that will lead to individual success in the classroom.”

Toughest challenge facing educators:
“In my opinion, the toughest challenge educators have is to find ways to make the content relevant and interesting to our students when so much is available at the click of a button. It feels like we are in competition for their attention as they are pulled in multiple directions. To overcome this, I look for ways to encourage my students to take pride in their work and efforts in the classroom. I find that when my students take ownership over their learning, they are more engaged and willing to push beyond the scope of the assignment.”

"This year, Allison was voted by her colleagues to receive our Veteran Teacher of the Year Award because of the professionalism and caring she brings to the classroom. She has high academic standards for students, but also shows a concern for the whole student, taking an interest in their lives and helping them to grow to be the best young men and women that they can be. Allison’s love for her students is also seen in all the work she does outside of the classroom. She is our SGA moderator and is responsible for coordinating the school’s spirit week/homecoming activities, class competitions, and other special student activities throughout the year. She is also an assistant coach for the cross country team where she has taken several struggling runners under her wing and helped them believe in themselves enough to become distance runners. Her dedication to our school, her professionalism, and her personal care and concern for students make her an inspiration and a model for other teachers.” —David Tenney, Assistant Principal for Academics