At Conn-West Elementary School in Grandview, MO, Anika Williams works tirelessly to propel her fifth-grade pupils to their highest potential. Her instructional methods are rooted in a core philosophy that offers no excuse for failure and seeks to elevate, rather than lower, standards to fit each child. With an objective to build lifelong learners, Williams bases her lessons on hands-on projects rather than lectures and rote memorization. Her requirement that students participate in the science fair has prompted other district schools to hold science fairs of their own. A proponent of technological integration in the classroom, she hosts young authors book clubs and writing celebrations for families. And the day isn’t over when the school bell rings: Williams holds Saturday office hours to tutor students who need extra remediation. Her classes show impressive gains, with students leaping from 65 percent grade-level proficiency to 95 percent by the end of the 2009–2010 school year.
Williams contributes a wealth of experience in professional leadership outside the classroom as a district state assessment facilitator. She has worked as a lead teacher and held numerous high-level posts, including building science chair and Professional Development Strands instructor. She also has served on the Communication Arts Writing Team, Depth of Knowledge Team, and Technology and Reading Textbook Adoption committees. Williams even assumed a lead role on the Parent Teacher Association at a time when parental involvement was lacking.
FOX4KC.com | FOX | Oct 14 , 2010 | Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Star | Oct 14 , 2010 | Kansas City, MO