Betty Williams teaches seventh-grade reading at Truman Middle School in Tacoma where she is able to reach and teach even the most difficult students. Dr. Williams, who entered the teaching profession after years in banking and finance, directs her energies toward the challenges of underachieving and special needs students. Her instructional approach, which combines technology-integrated instruction with individualized attention and innovative solutions for struggling readers, builds student skills and confidence and has contributed to a significant rise in reading and writing scores. Not surprisingly, Dr. Williams is considered a mentor, guide and role model by many in the African-American community. Dr. Williams, who recently received her doctorate in education, is also active in the AIDS Foundation.
1989 The Evergreen State College, B.A.